Recent research supports one simple thing elders can do to reduce dementia risk: eat their “five-a-day.” In a study published in the journal Age and Aging, researchers found that eating at least three portions of vegetables and two servings of fruits daily was associated with lower risk of dementia in older adults.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults consume at least 400 grams of fruits and vegetables daily. This means around five servings, and can improve overall health and lower risk of chronic diseases. Compared with adults who did not adhere to WHO recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake, adults who consumed three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruits daily were found to be at lower risk of dementia development over six years. Dementia risk was further reduced for adults who consumed an additional three portions of vegetables each day. Let’s eat those veggies!

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