Hot Chocolate Could Be A Brain Booster
Research has proven that drinking 2 cups of hot chocolate every day could help the elderly maintain healthy brains cells so that their thinking capabilities are kept sharp.
The research done involved 60 people with no dementia and an average age of 72.
Each person consumed 2 cups of hot chocolate every day for a whole month and they didn’t consume anything else with chocolate in throughout the study.
Each of the participants was given memory and thinking skill tests, also they were each given ultrasound tests to measure the blood flow volume that goes to the brain throughout each of the tests.
Brains, different parts of it require more energy than others, just like our bodies to complete a task. For harder tasks, greater blood flow is required.
This relationship, known as neurovascular coupling, could play a major role in diseases like Alzheimer’s, according to the study conducted.
Eighteen of the sixty individuals had impaired blood flow at the start of the experiment.
Those individuals had a 9.3% blood flow overall improvement to the brains working area.
The conclusion of the study did show that candidates who began with regular blood flow, had shown absolutely no improvement at all.
The times on each test of working memory were also improved on those candidates with reduced blood flow in their system, with scores reducing from 167 seconds at the start of the study to just 116 seconds at the conclusion.
For the other individuals that had regular blood flow, there was no change in times for each of the tests.
Twenty four of the subjects also had MRI brain scans to look for tiny areas of brain damage.
These areas of brain damage were also more likely to be found in subjects with impaired blood flow.
50% of the test subjects in the study received hot chocolate which was rich in flavanol, which is an antioxidant.
While the other 50% of the test subjects received hot chocolate with just a little flavanol.
No differences however small were found in the results between the 2 groups.