Chocolate could be good for memory

A new study suggests that a compound found in chocolate may reverse age-related memory loss.

Chocolate could be good for memory

A new study suggests that a natural compound found in chocolate, tea and some vegetables could reverse age-related memory loss. The compound, called flavanols, can increase connectivity and blood flow in a part of the brain which is critical for memory function and it also has the potential to reverse mild memory loss in older adults. As if we need more reasons to love chocolate.

The study involved subjects aged from 50 to 69, who were given either a high-flavanol diet of 900 milligrams a day, or a low flavanol diet of 10 milligrams per day. Brain scans and memory tests were used to assess the effects of the diet.

Results showed that a person who had a typical memory of a 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, would have a memory that functioned more like a 30 or 40-year-old person after three months on the high flavanol diet. Researchers have cautioned against too much excitement and say that more work was needed because of the study’s small sample size. Still, this ‘snack-sized’ sample may be enough to suggest that flavanols have the potential to reverse age-related memory loss without using drugs.

But gorging yourself on chocolate to improve your memory is not the answer (sigh), because the compound found in cocoa only occurs in miniscule amounts. Most cocoa processing methods actually remove many of the flavanols found in chocolate so a typical candy bar only contains around 40 milligrams of flavanol.

Chocolate maker Mars produced the test drink designed for the research. And it’s probably worth noting that it also footed part of the bill for the study.

Do you love chocolate? Or is that a silly question?

Read more at smh.com.au.





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    MelanieFeetFirst
    28th Oct 2014
    10:18am
    A quintessential good new-bad news story. If only we could reverse age-related memory loss by reaching for the fruit and nut. I might just do so, in moderation of course, just in case they've got it wrong!
    Troubadour
    28th Oct 2014
    12:02pm
    Doesn't say if dark or milk chocolate, but I would think dark most likely. So my
    desire for at least 1 block of chocolate per week does have some benefit after all !!!
    Could they not have multi-vitamin tablets with this flavanol in?
    jaker
    28th Oct 2014
    10:34am
    So red wine AND chocolate are good for us. Life gets better!
    nan
    28th Oct 2014
    7:16pm
    jaker, it sure deos. Now where did iI put that bottle?
    Alexia_x
    28th Oct 2014
    3:00pm
    Life gets better every day!
    ursula1
    28th Oct 2014
    4:21pm
    Forgot to mention it's only the very pure dark chocolate that i didn't even think Mars makes.
    Don't know who writes this info.

    28th Oct 2014
    4:32pm
    Wonder who financed the study - Cadbury's, Lindt, or whoever?
    Mar
    28th Oct 2014
    8:38pm
    I absolutely believe it!!! Any excuse for chocolate.


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