Your Mom Was Right: You Should Eat Your Spinach

Spinach is rich in vitamin E.  Research finds the antioxidant protects the brain.
photo: BrokenSphere
Don't leave that spinach on your plate.  In fact, the next time you are at the store you'd be well advised to buy some extra to toss in your soup, mix in your eggs, top on your sandwich, and add to your salad.

According to a study published in the Archives of Neurology, eating foods rich in vitamin E can reduce the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  Participants in the study who had the highest vitamin E intake were 25% less likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer's disease.  Why?  Researchers found the antioxidant protects against free radical damage in the brain.

Not a big fan of spinach?  Don't fret.  Other good sources of vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds, mustard greens, swiss chard, and turnip greens.  Blueberries and avocados are also good sources.  Try swiss chard sauteed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and toasted pine nuts.  Add avocados to sandwiches and salads.  Snack on blueberries, almonds, and sunflower seeds.

To your health!

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