New study finds Chocolate Helps Memory, Cognitive Function.
“The study, published in May in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, focused on cocoa flavanols, the chemical compounds in cocoa beans, and their effect on brain function, both right after ingesting the flavanols and as a result of regular consumption.
Researchers Valentina Socci and Michele Ferrara of the University of L’Aquila reviewed the available literature on a variety of studies and found that eating cocoa — which is, of course, the foundation of chocolate — boosts memory performance, attention, and the speed with which visual information is processed.
“Regular intake of cocoa and chocolate could indeed provide beneficial effects on cognitive functioning over time,” they said in a press release.
And listen up, ladies: the benefits are especially pronounced among women, and even more so for women who don’t sleep well (hi, new moms!). The flavanols seem to counteract the damage done by sleep deprivation: after a bad night’s sleep, women who ate chocolate or cocoa were able to function much more normally, in terms of work and cognition, than those who didn’t.”
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New Study Finds Chocolate Helps Memory, Cognitive Function, Republic Of the Philippines http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/998535