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Spinach and kale just became the best anti-aging health hack

Catherine Conelly is a Senior Love and Health Editor at SheKnows.

Spinach and kale are back with new research that says it makes you 11 years younger

I know, I know. Kale is, like, so last year. Except that it's not. You can thank Martha Clare Morris, a lead researcher and author of a new study, who just helped prove it's even better for you than we thought before.

According to the new findings, eating leafy greens like kale and spinach twice a day can slow your cognitive decline by 11 whole years. The study looked at 950 people with an average age of 81 and factored in other elements, like education, exercise and family history of dementia. The study showed that eating enough greens basically made factors like family history irrelevant.

So, we knew it was healthy, but we didn't know it packed this much of a punch. Just when you were ready to be done with spinach and kale because we could blame it on boredom, science throws us a curveball that says, "Nope. Kale actually isn't overrated."

Shucks.

This is good news for green drink die-hards out there, because next time someone winces at your kale smoothie that smells weird and looks funny (I totally drink them too), you can just tell them to find you in 11 years for a game of Trivial Pursuit, in which you'll cream them. But don't worry, it won't be too late for them, you'll say. It's never too late to start eating your greens.

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"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," said Morris.

And if this still isn't enough to convince you, just remember that scientists have found other perks to eating greens, like ridding your cravings and increased folate and antioxidants.

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