Dark Chocolate Improves Cognitive Function in the Elderly

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“Cocoa flavanol consumption improves cognitive function, blood pressure control, and metabolic profile in elderly subjects”

Dentate gyrus, high flavanol intervention, cognition? Why can’t researchers just tell us what we want to know? The point of the study linked and excerpted below is that flavanol rich dark chocolate helps the aging brain work better.

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I started eating dark chocolate because I watched a Ted Talk where the speaker referred to it “daily non-toxic chemotherapy.” I’m a cancer survivor who wants to stay cancer-free. In addition, I read an study explaining that dark chocolate is heart-healthy. Thank you Dr. Bill Li.

Consumerlab.com, an independent testing service found Endangered Species Chocolate Natural Dark Chocolate with 88% Cocoa to be the lowest-cost dark chocolate per 200 mg of flavanols. ESCNDC is now my brand of dark chocolate.

ConsumerLab.com Flavenol/Dark Chocolate Report (must be a member to read)-

Yes,  milk chocolate is sweeter than dark chocolate. However, dark chocolate has less cocoa butter and is a lot less fattening. I’ve been eating dark chocolate for awhile now and I find it satisfying- I find milk chocolate to taste too sweet.

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Enhancing dentate gyrus function with dietary flavanols improves cognition in older adults.

“The dentate gyrus (DG) is a region in the hippocampal formation whose function declines in association with human aging and is therefore considered to be a possible source of age-related memory decline…

A high-flavanol intervention was found to enhance DG function, as measured by fMRI and by cognitive testing. Our findings establish that DG dysfunction is a driver of age-related cognitive decline and suggest non-pharmacological means for its amelioration.”

Cocoa flavanol consumption improves cognitive function, blood pressure control, and metabolic profile in elderly subjects: the Cocoa, Cognition, and Aging (CoCoA) Study—a randomized controlled trial1,2,3,4

Background: Recent evidence has indicated that flavanol consumption may have many health benefits in humans, including improved cognitive activities.

Objective: The aim was to evaluate the effect of flavanol consumption on cognitive performance in cognitively intact elderly subjects…

ConclusionsThis dietary intervention study provides evidence that regular CF consumption can reduce some measures of age-related cognitive dysfunction, possibly through an improvement in insulin sensitivity. These data suggest that the habitual intake of flavanols can support healthy cognitive function with age…”


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