Cocoa contains bioactive ingredients -called flavanols –which have the ability to reverse memory decline that comes with age, according to a new study published by the journal Nature Neuroscience.
The new study was applied on a group of volunteers aged 50 to 69, after having a daily cup of specially-prepared cocoa. The scientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) that published the results found that increasing dietary cocoa flavanols can improve brain function and even lead to better scores in memory tests.
The team of scientists, who were led by Adam M. Brickman of Columbia University’s Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain, said that this study is the first to reveal a ‘causal link’ between ingested flavanols and changes in memory and brain function.
Memory tests were executed before and after the volunteers started with the drink. Age-related memory decline is linked to the dentate gyrus region of the hippocampus which is a different part of the brain than the one affecting people with early Alzheimer’s or other neurodegenerative diseases. The dentate gyrus is the region of memory formation whose performance typically declines as one ages.
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