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More Evidence Folate Keeps Your Mind Sharp

An interesting study in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (text link below) provides even more proof a diet high in folate protects seniors from cognitive declines as they age.

Tufts University researchers studied the effect of folate levels on a group of Boston-area men (ages 50-85) who participated in the ongoing Normative Aging Study. Patients performed a series of cognitive tests at the beginning of the study which were repeated three years later. Test scores were compared along with responses to dietary questionnaires and nutrient levels in blood samples.

Not surprisingly, male patients who ate a high-folate diet -- more leafy green vegetables and citrus fruit -- demonstrated significantly less of a decline in verbal skills during the course of the study than those who didn't.

Also, not so good for the low-folate patients, those who had low cognitive scores had higher homocysteine levels, a common marker for cardiovascular disease.

Eating plenty of fresh, uncooked vegetables is the best and most natural way to ensure you're receiving an ideal daily dose of folic acid (and hundreds of other known and unknown nutrients).

One reminder: The amount of vegetables your body requires may vary, depending on your body's unique nutritional type.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 82, No. 3, September 2005: 627-635

Science Daily September 26, 2005

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