Dark Chocolate Can Boost Brain Health in Seniors, New Study Reveals

Angela Ayles
by Angela Ayles | August 15, 2012 @ 7:20 pm | 0 

It’s a big day for chocolate lovers! First, a new study revealed that the delightful treat can help lower blood pressure and, now, another study released this week reveals that dark chocolate can help boost brain health for seniors.

This study was just published in the journal Hypertension. It analyzed data from 90 seniors with mild cognitive impairment who participated in the study. The mild cognitive impairment could be anything from difficulty with memory, thinking, judgement or language.

The study was conducted over the course of 8 weeks. For the period of the test, the subjects were required to drink a cocoa drink that had either high, medium or low amounts of flavanols.

At the end of the study, it was revealed that those who had high and medium amounts of flavanols in their drinks outperformed those who had lower amounts. The tests were based on attention and other mental skills, according to head researcher Dr.¬†Giovambattista Desideri, of the University of L’Aquila in Itally.

Desideri summed up the results of the study this week saying “This study provides encouraging evidence that consuming cocoa flavanols, as a part of a calorie controlled and nutritionally balanced diet, could improve cognitive function.”

This study was sponsored by Mars Inc. The company has been known to fund many studies examining the benefits of chocolate.

A related study published in March revealed a link between chocolate consumption and slimmer bodies. You can read more about that study here.

Do you believe chocolate poses as many health benefits as these studies lead us to believe?

Source: Medical News Today