The antioxidants found in dark chocolate, which come from cocoa beans and are called cocoa flavanols, appear to reverse the subtle memory loss that comes with normal aging, according to a Columbia University study.
In just three months, test subjects regained the memory strength of a person 25 years younger.
“What we found is that 50- or 60-year-olds who consumed a high cocoa-flavanol diet had an improvement in memory. And it seemed to originate from a particular part of the brain that we know is targeted by normal aging,” Dr. Scott A. Small, a neuroscientists with Columbia University Medical Center, told CBN News.
Unfortunately, the cocoa flavanols had no effect on a different part of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
The study required participants to consume a drink containing 450 milligrams of cocoa flavanols, equal to what’s in seven dark chocolate bars.
With that in mind, the question becomes whether it’s wise to eat a lot of dark chocolate every day to reverse the natural memory loss associated with aging.
“It is true that cocoa flavanols are found in chocolate, however, in very small amounts,” Dr. Small said. “Consuming a lot of chocolate is simply bad for your health, so categorically not.”
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SOURCE: CBN News