Pound and a half of Hershey’s Special dark, here I COME!

Compound in cocoa found to reverse age-related memory loss

In case anyone needed another reason to love chocolate, a new study suggests that a natural compound found in cocoa, tea and some vegetables can reverse age-related memory loss.

The findings suggest that the compound increases connectivity and, subsequently, blood flow in a region of the brain critical to memory, the researchers said.

The study — published online Sunday in Nature Neuroscience and partly financed by a chocolate company — found that flavanols reverse mild memory loss in older adults. Using brain scans and memory tests, the latest study built on previous work showing that flavanols extracted from cocoa beans had improved neuronal connections in mice’s dentate gyrus, a part of the brain involved in memory formation.

Ignore the bit about “gorging backfiring”. I think they’re exaggerating.

5 Responses to “Oh, SNAP”

  1. Kate P says:

    Of course, if you also put pot in your brownies that will cancel the memory loss prevention. . .

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    I meant to tell you about this, Sis, but I forgot…

  3. Syd B. says:

    There might be something to this. I’ve had a Mars Bar every day for breakfast for the past 20 years. I always put my keys beside the Mars Bar on the table and you know, not once, have I ever forgotten where my keys were.

  4. aelfheld says:

    Chocolate is one of the basic food groups.

  5. Julie says:

    And how fitting that today is National Chocolate Day!

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