Making vegetables staples in your diet benefits your health — veggies help maintain skeletal health, fight cardiovascular disease and combat cancer. While vegetable juices lack the fiber found in whole vegetables, they contain all of the other beneficial minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals. Vegetable juices especially rich in a few nutrients promote proper brain function.
When the terms “vegetable” and “brain” are used in the same sentence, it can mean two very different things with contradictory connotations. On one hand, vegetables are one of the best sources of nutrition for the brain because they are packed with various antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that protect and promote brain function. On the other hand, “vegging out” means not really using the brain and a “vegetative state” is associated with serious brain damage and dysfunction.
Keeping the mind and body healthy is of utmost importance as you, your parents and your grandparents get older. A decline in memory or brain function can be more devastating than physical aging, and the key is prevention. The good news is that the latest research shows specific foods help to keep the mind sharp when eaten as part of an overall healthy diet.