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Hale to Kale! Can Green Leafy Vegetables Help with Alzheimer’s?

Posted by on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

It is estimated that nearly 5.4 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease today and as the numbers continue to climb, so does the need to do more medical research to find a cure.  One thing scientists are pointing to more and more is the fact that certain nutrients, such as those found in dark green leafy vegetables, are shown to help with Alzheimer’s prevention.  If you are one who really loves green vegetables, you’ll be happy to learn just what researchers are finding out about green leafy vegetables and Alzheimer’s prevention.

Kale for help with Alzheimer's

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Research

According to the Alzheimer’s Research Center; “It is important to eat beans and green vegetables like spinach and kale, which are good sources of folic acid. Individuals with low folic acid and vitamin B12 are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin B12 is obtained mainly from fortified cereals, meat and liver. Supplements are also available, including multi-vitamins, which contain both folic acid and vitamin B12.”  

In other research studies, Italian researchers found that diets rich in green vegetables such as spinach and kale along with olive oil provide protection from heart disease as well as help with Alzheimer’s prevention. 

In fact, Dr. Domenico Palli from the Cancer Research and Prevention Institute in Florence, Italy found that those women who eat at least one serving of green leafy vegetables per day were 46 percent less likely to develop heart disease than those who eat less.  The same is true of those who consumed at least 3 tablespoons of olive oil per day.

“Probably the mechanisms responsible for the protective effect of plant-origin foods on cardiovascular diseases involve micronutrients such as folate, antioxidant vitamins and potassium, all present in green leafy vegetables,” explained Palli to Reuters Health.

Eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach along with olive oil also helped to improve diabetes, lower risk of certain types of cancer, promote healthy weight, prevent obesity, and prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

What’s so Great About Kale?

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Kale is actually a member of the cabbage famil it shares its nutritional properties with other great tasting green vegetables such as; Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens and broccoli.  Kale has been described as having a “bold, rich flavor, chewy texture, and peppery kick,” by Bonappetite.com.

Some nutrition experts deem kale as a new type of super food because it’s rich in so many essential health promoting nutrients including; 5 grams of fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, 180% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and an astounding 1,020% of vitamin K!  Kale also offers minerals, potassium, iron, copper, phosphorus, and more.

According to WebMD; “Move over Popeye and make room for the queen of greens, kale which is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor.”

Recipes with Kale

Chances are, you won’t find this type of health food on the menu in any chic burger joint even  in New York, so  you may be better off selecting from healthy recipes to cook with kale from home.

To get the maximum benefits of kale, serve it raw in place of lettuce in a salad.  It’s delicious with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, or just about any other raw veggie you prefer.  Try healthy olive oil based balsamic vinaigrette dressing which really packs a punch in taste!  Kale is also delicious tasting in soups, smoothies, or salads; you can find many tasty online recipes for cooking with kale.

In Conclusion

There are many tasty recipes online for kale, whether you prefer it cooked in soups, sautéed in stir fry dishes, or baked in casseroles, it’s a great tasting and highly nutritious addition to any meal.  To learn more about vitamin B and Alzheimer’s prevention be sure to purchase your copy of the Alzheimer’s diet written by Harvard trained neurologist Richard Isaacson M.D. today.

 

 

 

For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit theadplan.com to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

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