"Hot chocolate helps older people ‘keep brain healthy,’" The Huffington Post reported several weeks ago (and somehow we missed it then).
"Two cups of cocoa a day boosted blood flow to the brain and improved the memories of volunteers with narrowed arteries," the article reported. "The study involved 60 people with an average age of 73 who were not suffering from dementia."
The story continued: "Only the 18 members of the group who had impaired blood flow benefited from drinking hot chocolate. After a month, they experienced an 8.3% improvement in flow to working areas of the brain. Test scores of their working memory also improved, with recall times falling from an average of 167 seconds to 116 seconds."
The story noted, "Dr Farzaneh Sorond, from Harvard Medical School in Boston, who led the study reported online in the journal Neurology, said … "As different areas of the brain need more energy to complete their tasks, they also need greater blood flow. This relationship, called neurovascular coupling, may play an important role in diseases such as Alzheimer’s."
The article added, "Dr Paul Rosenberg, from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, US, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study, said: ‘More work is needed to prove a link between cocoa, blood flow problems and cognitive decline. But this is an important first step that could guide future studies.’"
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