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Men who want to maintain better memory do well to load their plates with colorful vegetables and berries. Harvard researchers have been following more than 25,000 male health professionals for at least 20 years. Every four years, the men answer questions about their diets and health every few years (Neurology, Nov. 21, 2018). Those who love veggies appear to maintain better cognitive function over the decades.

What the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study Shows About Memory:

The men were about 50 when the study began; as it ended, their average age was 73. By the end of the study, about 55 percent of the volunteers had better memory and cognitive ability. About 38 percent tested out as average, and 7 percent had impaired memory and ability to think. The men who had habitually eaten the most vegetables, about six servings a day, were 34 percent less likely than those who ate the least vegetables to have experienced cognitive decline.

Hooray for OJ:

Orange juice drinkers were also protected: those who drank it every day were 47 percent less likely to have impaired cognition than those who drank it just once a month or less. That’s a relative risk. The difference in absolute terms is 6.9 percent of OJ lovers losing mental acuity compared to 8.4 percent of those who didn’t usually drink juice.

This study shows an association rather than a cause-and-effect relationship. Nonetheless, the results suggest that it might be smart to eat your vegetables. (Isn’t that what your grandmother told you?)

The authors of the study conclude:

“Our findings support a long-term beneficial role of vegetable, fruit, and orange juice consumption on SCF [subjective cognitive function].”

Learn More:

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