Eating fruits and vegetables every day helps ensure a healthy physique, but according to a recent study they also may be essential for a strong brain too. The study found that men, in particular, who consume six servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit daily experience less memory loss over time.
Researchers followed 27,842 men over the course of 20 years. The men, all healthcare professionals who averaged 51 years of age, were asked to fill out questionnaires about their regular diets, and especially their fruit and vegetable consumption. Every four years, they completed the same questionnaires.
“One of the most important factors in this study is that we were able to research and track such a large group of men over a 20-year period of time, allowing for very telling results,” says study author Changzheng Yuan, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in a release by the American Academy of Neurology.