Have you noticed that every week at least one green leafy vegetable is always part of the menu? Although, greens may not seem as appetizing as Malai Kofta, just remember that your body thanks you, each time you take a bite into palak ki subzi.

I am sure you may remember being made to eat palak and other greens as a child because they will help you score a better % on your exam. Recent scientific studies have validated this ancient teaching.

Losing one’s memory or cognitive abilities is one of the biggest fears for people as they get older,” said Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., assistant provost for community research at Rush University Medical Center and leader of the research team. “Since declining cognitive ability is central to Alzheimer’s disease and dementias, increasing consumption of green leafy vegetables could offer a very simple, affordable and non-invasive way of potentially protecting your brain from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”

“Our study identified some very novel associations,” said Morris, who will present the research at the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Annual Meeting during Experimental Biology 2015. “No other studies have looked at vitamin K in relation to change in cognitive abilities over time, and only a limited number of studies have found some association with lutein.” Other studies have linked folate and beta-carotene intake with slower cognitive decline.