Good news for chocolate lovers – dark chocolate is good for the memory. Recent research suggest that the flavanols found in cocoa beans plays an important role for beneficial effects on the brain.
This new research was conducted by Real Scientist University of L’Aquila in Italy, and Mars, Incorporated, headed by Dr. Giovambattista Desideri, said,
“The results of this study are encouraging—they support the idea that diet, and specifically a diet rich in cocoa flavanols, can play an important role in maintaining cognitive health as we age.”
According to Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science, Cocoa flavanols have a range of proven health benefits, including improved circulation as well as cardiovascular health. Flavanols are a group of naturally occurring compounds that can be found distinctively in tea, red wine and cocoa. Cocoa flavanols found naturally in fresh cocoa beans, which is a rich source of flavanols and the type and mixture of flavanols and procyanidins found in cocoa is unique.
A 70-90% cacao of dark chocolate bar is rich in:
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Researchers and experts are recommending a 100% cocoa dark chocolate bar that offers a burst of antioxidants.
Dark chocolate also contains a stimulant substance called theobromine (a vasodilator) – has a similar effect to caffeine, but without affecting the central nervous system, thus improving brain cognitive as well as blood ciculation functioning.
In the study, participating adults aged 61 to 85 years old with no evidence of cognitive dysfunction drank a dairy-based cocoa drink containing either high (993 mg), intermediate (520 mg), or low (48 mg) amounts of cocoa flavanols every day for eight weeks. Researchers have tested each participant’s cognitive function before and after the cocao flavanols dietary intervention.
After eight weeks, cognitive function was assessed again using a series of test that examined retention, recall, and over all brain health function. Researchers found a significant improvements in overall cognitive function and general brain response across the board among participants who consumed either the high- or intermediate- cocoa flavanol drinks.
So the next time you buy a chocolate bar, make sure it’s dark and 85-90% cocoa because dark chocolate is good for your memory.
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