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Popeye Backed by Science–Spinach is Strong Medicine

It’s October and you would think that means it’s National Pumpkin Pie Month and maybe it is—my research is not complete–but it definitely is National Spinach Month.

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According to a recent study, you’d be wise to eat more spinach because it may help keep your brain younger and more active.

Researchers at the University of South Florida recently found that rats (apologies to all spinach lovers) that were given spinach supplements learned certain behaviors more quickly than rats that didn’t get the supplements. The reason: Spinach contains high levels of vitamins C and E, along with several antioxidants known to protect cells from free-radical damage.

Scientists have long suspected that free-radical damage to cells increased the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

So Popeye was right all along!

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