A diet high in a wide range of vegetables, especially broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, may help older people avoid hospitalisation from falls, Australian research has found.
The research also looked at various vegetable groups including, cruciferous, allium (onions, garlic, shallots, leeks and chives), orange/yellow/red, leafy greens and legumes.
Eating at least one serve of cruciferous vegetables a day, such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage or broccoli, seemed to have the greatest benefit.
“The message from this is eat at least five serves of vegetables a day, and make sure include at least one serve of cruciferous vegetables
The benefits in relation to falls prevention were probably linked to the effects cruciferous vegetables on muscle strength and pathways.
“These findings could have implications for nutritional guidelines promoted by public health organizations to reduce the risk of falls and/or fractures in older community-dwelling women.
“What we are now interested in investigating further is why cruciferous vegetables in particular seem to be so good at preventing these falls,” Dr Sim said. The research will also investigate which of the cruciferous group conferred the most benefit.
You can find the study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, here.
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