Cocoa consumption has been linked to improving memory, short-term cognitive function and counteracting cognitive decline, according to new research
Consuming chocolate regularly has been found to help the brain function, thanks to cocoa being a rich source of natural neuroprotective compounds. The useful antioxidant abundant compounds found in cocoa beans are called cocoa flavanols.
In a new review by Italian researchers, flavanol-rich cocoa consumption has been linked to improving memory, short-term cognitive function and counteracting cognitive decline.
The characterization of appropriate dose, timing, and form of flavanols intervention required to reach beneficial effects in different populations, as well as the inclusion of fully matched placebo controls, are needed.
Source: independent.co.uk, https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2017.00019