60-Second News: Why Leafy Greens Are Your Friend

Abbott studies show two nutrients found in kale and spinach help keep your mind sharp.

Kale is the star of the leafy green vegetables. It’s said to help digestion, lower cholesterol, and boost iron levels.

But if you’re still unsure about trying the “superfood,” these two Abbott studies might just make you a believer.

Brain gain
One study showed the nutrient lutein (loo-teen) — found in leafy greens like kale and spinach, as well as egg yolks, broccoli, and avocado — is linked to brain health and intelligence in older adults. Click here to read more.

The other study showed that lutein and quercetin (kwur-si-tin) — found in kale, apples, and many other fruits, veggies, and grains — improved brain function in mice when combined with other nutrients. Read the study’s abstract here.

We use a blend of lutein, DHA, and Vitamin E in our infant formula Similac OptiGRO. The nutrients are common in breast milk, and help support the development of a baby’s brain, eyes, and immune system.

Baby steps
What does this mean for you?

Making small changes to what you eat, like adding more leafy greens to your meals and snacking on fruit, could help keep your memory, decision-making, and problem-solving skills sharp as you age.

Click here for a short video on how lutein gives your brain a boost.

 

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