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cup of hot chocolate close-ups isolated on white Like most people, I love chocolate and would be thrilled if it could be the next healthy brain food! And in fact, a new study claims chocolate — cocoa specifically — might help ...
Sandy Spencer's insight:

We hear this again and again-- I can only hope that all the testing proves it to be true. Chocolate is one of my favorite things!

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, September 1, 2013 12:15 PM

Looks like it could be due to an increase in brain blood flow as reported in a Harvard Medical School study:

"In a scientific study of healthy, older adults ages 59 to 83, Harvard medical scientists found that study participants who regularly drank a cocoa flavanol-rich beverage had an eight percent increase in brain blood flow after one week, and 10 percent increase after two weeks.

The research on cocoa flavanols is promising, suggesting that cocoa flavanols may provide a dietary approach to maintaining cardiovascular function and health, and pointing towards new possibilities for cocoa flavanol-based interventions for vascular complications associated with cognitive performance, skin health and age-related blood vessel dysfunction.

These specific findings could offer future potential for the one in seven older Americans currently living with dementia. When the flow of blood to the brain slows over time, the result may be structural damage and dementia. Scientists speculate that maintaining an increased blood flow to the brain could slow this cognitive decline."

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