Study confirms Chocolate as Brain foodThe information comes as a result of a well-controlled double-blind study from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, where they were able to establish a connection between the consumption of Chocolate and heightened cognitive ability. Dr. Giovambattista Desideri, who led the research team, said,
"This study provides encouraging evidence that consuming cocoa flavonols, as a part of a calorie-controlled and nutritionally-balanced diet, could improve cognitive function." He continued, “Importantly, the improvements in cognitive function were seen over a relatively short period of time; and, while further research is required to confirm and expand on these findings, this provides encouraging evidence that regular consumption of cocoa flavanols might be effective in improving cognitive function in elderly subjects with Mild Cognitive Impairment. The findings provide promising indications that the development of novel dietary approaches for improving health as we age – especially cognitive health – is a real possibility.”This was confirmed by scientists at the University of Oxford, UK whose findings, in their study, showed that the people who ate a diet rich in flavonols, from chocolate, wine and tea did much better in the testing than those with a low favonol consumption. It appears that when there are plenty of flavonols in your diet your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Stroke is considerably reduced.
Only the best quality ChocolateHowever, there is a proviso here. Only the very finest quality dark chocolate will help you in this way. To be very specific the chocolate should preferably be:
- at least 70% raw cocoa
- Low in sugar
- not processed using alkalis (as in Dutch Cocoa Powder)