Consuming Chocolate Weekly Improves Memory, Concentration, Information Processing

Posted: Feb 23 2016, 3:34pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Eating chocolate is good for your brain
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Researchers from the University of South Australia have given chocolate addicts more reason to consume the snacky bar: it boosts memory, improves concentration, enhances reasoning, and raises information processing abilities - Mail Online writes.

The researchers say chocolate must be consumed at least once a week for its benefits to be experienced – and any chocolate bar is good here, especially brown chocolate because they contain more of flavanols – the antioxidant compound that is associated with cell maintenance and good health.

Flavanols are abundant in citrus fruit, tea, wine, and other types of natural foods. Flavanols have been studied to also lower risks of developing dementia, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and help reduce weight gain.

The researchers relied on data from the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (MSLS) which tracked 1,000 people over a 30-year period – analyzing their health across a number of indicators, inclusive of whether chocolates have any effect on brain functions.

“Chocolate and cocoa flavanols have been associated with improvements in a range of health complaints dating from ancient times,” said lead author Dr. Georgie Crichton of the University of South Australia. “They have established cardiovascular benefits, but less is known about the effects on cognition and behavior” until now.

Although earlier research analyzed the effects of chocolate on brain health immediately after consuming chocolate bar or drink, Crichton’s research focused on habitual intake of the sweet treat.

Regardless of the fact that the authors of the study adjusted for cholesterol, blood pressure, alcohol intake, total energy, education, age, glucose, and sex among other factors, the positive results of chocolate on improved brain performance remained constant – making the researchers to advise that chocolate or cocoa drinks be consumed daily.

“Of course chocolate intake should be considered within an overall healthy eating pattern,” Crichton said, “with consideration given to total energy intake and an individual’s energy needs.”

Past studies had associated daily consumption of chocolate with delayed dementia and Alzhemia’s in elderly patients.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
Charles is covering the latest discoveries in science and health as well as new developments in technology. He is the Chief Editor or Intel-News.




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