An article in Dr. Whitaker’s May issue of Health & Healing caught my attention, regarding the carotenoid lutein. Lutein is best known for eye health in the macula and the retina, but new research reveals that it also supports memory and learning.

A 10-year study of more than 950 adults older found that those who ate just one or two servings of leafy greens such as kale or spinach per day had the cognitive abilities of people 11 years younger. Why. The lutein and vitamin K in the greens protect cognitive function. One note of caution: If you take the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin), work with your doctor to modify your dosage if you increase your intake of leafy greens. If you don’t like the taste, consider including the greens in a smoothie with berries and/or bananas to make them more palatable.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.