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Green leafy vegetables can boost consumers’ muscle function ─Study

*Researchers say this is particularly important for senior citizens who have a higher risk of misstepping, stumbling and falling

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Regularly eating fruits and vegetables can have important physical and mental health benefits for consumers.

This certainly becomes more essential these days as reports have indicated that more of senior citizens misstep, stumble and fall in public, especially in Nigeria and the United States (US) recently.

Researchers from Edith Cowan University in a new study have found that vegetables also play a key role in consumers’ long-term muscle function.

The study findings indicated that green leafy vegetables, which contain large quantities of nitrates, can lead to stronger muscles and improved physical abilities.

Dr. Marc Sim, one of the researchers, said:

“Our study shows that diets high in nitrate-rich vegetables may bolster your muscle strength independently of any physical activity.

“Nevertheless, to optimise muscle function we propose that a balanced diet rich in green leafy vegetables in combination with regular exercise, including weight training, is ideal.”

On getting consumers’ greens in for the study, the experts analysed results from more than 3,700 participants involved in Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute AusDiab study.

The researchers followed the participants’ diets and health outcomes for over a decade and compared how consumption of leafy green vegetables impacted their muscle capacity.

They learned that participants who ate the most nitrate-rich diets had the best physical outcomes, particularly when looking at lower body strength.

The study showed that consuming higher amounts of leafy green vegetables led to faster walking speeds and greater muscle function overall.

Dr. Sim stated: “We should eat a variety of vegetables every day, with at least one of those servings being leafy greens to gain a range of positive health benefits for the musculoskeletal system and cardiovascular system.”

These findings are especially important for older consumers who may be more susceptible to falls, said the report.

According to the researchers, eating more green vegetables is a good way for senior citizens to reduce the chances of these accidents happening.

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