Sunday, July 09, 2017

Try to remember to eat your chocolate

This is your brain on chocolate.
Italian scientists have found that a daily dose of cocoa was linked to improvements in working memory and visual information processing.
Over the years, it has been found that a range of naturally occurring chemicals in the cocoa bean have therapeutic effects. For example, polyphenols in dark chocolate were found to increase calmness and contentedness and flavanols were able to reverse age-related memory decline.
For the elderly, it turns out that long term ingestion of cocoa flavanols improved attention, mental processing, working memory and verbal fluency and was most beneficial in those who had mild cognitive impairments or the beginnings of memory loss.

For women, eating cocoa after a night of total sleep deprivation counteracted the cognitive impairment associated with no sleep. Promising results for people that suffer from chronic sleep deprivation or work different shift patterns.
I buy cocoa power on Amazon and put it in coffee and oatmeal. If I remember.

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