Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Boosting Brain Power -- With Chocolate

Eating chocolate could help to sharpen up the mind ScienceDaily 2/22/07 "...and give a short-term boost to cognitive skills...A study led by Professor Ian Macdonald found that consumption of a cocoa drink rich in flavanols — a key ingredient of dark chocolate — boosts blood flow to key areas of the brain for two to three hours...Increased blood flow to these areas of the brain may help to increase performance in specific tasks and boost general alertness over a short period...The study also suggests that the cocoa flavanols found in chocolate could be useful in enhancing brain function for people fighting fatigue, sleep deprivation, and even the effects of ageing...The effect is linked to dilation of cerebral blood vessels, allowing more blood — and therefore more oxygen — to reach key areas of the brain...“Acute consumption of this particular flavanol-rich cocoa beverage was associated with increased grey matter flow for two to three hours. ..."

More on cocoa fighting fatigue

More on the health benefits of cocoa at BBC, NutraIngredients, Cornell, WebMD, WebMD, Newstarget,

Pubmed links

Does Flavanol Intake Influence Mortality from Nitric Oxide-Dependent Processes? Ischemic Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cancer in Panama (full journal article with a good list of references at the end)

DogVitals antioxidant supplement for your dogs health

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