Keeping up your intelligence in old age . . . !

After a study of 122 older adults between the ages of 65 and 75 a research tems at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Summary, the consumption of a pigment found in leafy greens is linked to the preservation of ‘crystallized intelligence,’ the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime.

The key molecule is a protein called Lutein and seemingly protects the grey matter (the neurons) in the processing or thinking part of the brain — the crinkly outer layer of our cortex.  It is found in green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, and also in egg yolks.

For those who want to know more the details appear as a paper in the current Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

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