Chocolate is good, it has now been ascertained several times. Now new research adds an extra piece to the already established benefits of consuming cocoa: those who love it and eat it at least once a week have a more active and functioning brain.
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Il chocolate is good for you, by now it has been ascertained several times. Now a new research adds an extra piece to the already established benefits of consuming cocoa: those who love it and eat it at least once a week have a more active and functioning brain.
The studio comes from the other side of the world and more precisely fromUniversity of South Australia and has shown how moderate but steady consumption of chocolate is useful for enhancing cognitive functions, especially memory and learning.
The research took place on a sample of 968 chocolate consumers aged between 23 and 98 years monitored for 30 years. The brain functions of the people analyzed were put to the test thanks to a series of tests that aimed to evaluate their visual memory, working memory and verbal skills.
It could be seen like this a decidedly positive effect of consuming chocolate particularly in those people who consumed it weekly at least once. The functions that improved was above all that of the spatial-visual and organizational memory and abstract reasoning.
The benefits of chocolate are mainly attributable to presence of flavonoids, antioxidants particularly useful for cardiovascular health and therefore also for oxygenating the brain. Regular intake of these substances present in the cocoa plant, as the researchers pointed out: "can slow down age-related cognitive decline."
Despite the best and healthiest chocolate is always the dark one, in this case the search doesn't make too much distinction with the type of milk chocolate. Even those who consumed this variant, in fact, found benefits in their brain functions. The important thing, though, is don't overdo the quantity, even if getting carried away is really very simple for the sweet tooth!
The results of the study were published in the journal Appetite.
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