Dare we say it yet again (and I am sure by now you must be sick of it), but eating more greens might just be the easiest way to improve your health and vitality. Read on for the green benefits rundown, from their impact on mental health to their heart-protecting properties.
- Greens help you stay positive
The team at the University of Otago, New Zealand, set out to investigate if consuming raw vegetables has an impact, considered on the mental health of young adults living in New Zealand and the United States. This age group is known for having the lowest consumption of fruit and vegetables and thus, being at high risk for mental health disorders.
The results are striking. The researchers found that consuming raw fruit and vegetables was associated with higher positive mood, higher life satisfaction, and fewer depressive symptoms. The scientists also described “higher flourishing,” which is a feeling of having a deeper sense of purpose and being engaged in your work.
The foods mentioned as particularly beneficial included dark leafy greens such as spinach, but also carrots, bananas, apples, grapefruit, lettuce, citrus fruits, fresh berries, and cucumbers. Our Spirulina has 58x more iron than spinach making it a brilliant supplement to aid in positivity.
- Greens keep you mentally sharp
Greens will not only help you stay positive when you’re young but also give your mind an edge as you age. A recent study carried out at Tufts University found that consuming leafy greens may help slow the decline in cognitive abilities—or brain function—in older adults.
As little as one-and-a-half servings of green leafy vegetables per day were found to make a huge difference. Those who included at least this amount of greens in their diet had the cognitive functioning of people roughly eleven years younger than those who consumed little or no leafy greens.
- Greens protect your heart
Recently, the researchers at the University of Western Australia in Crawley were the first to examine how eating certain vegetables can affect the blood vessels. They examined women aged 70 and over and found that those who ate three or more portions of greens a day had much healthier blood vessels, which means they are less likely to suffer a stroke.
The 'cruciferous' vegetables were found to be particularly beneficial. These include kale, broccoli, sprouts, cauliflower, turnips, bok choi and other greens.
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