While my cognitive dysfunction has healed a great deal over the past two decades I still have deficiencies in my executive function and memory.
I continue to exercise daily (moderately) and I continue to practice what studies tell me can help my brain health.
I consider the study linked and excerpted below to offer brain health therapies in cocoa flavanols and exercise. Executive functions are brain processes such as multi-tasking, attention and working memory.
I work to keep my brain healthy. I want to do everything I can to enhance my brain health. And I admit that aerobic exercise and cocoa flavanols don’t really go together. So here is what I do every morning.
Like millions of Americans I work out first thing in the a.m. Fine. To enhance my executive function while I work out I get cocao flavanols into my stomach each a.m. by mixing cocoa powder into my smoothiebefore I go to the gym. I recommend additional powders such as protein and different super foods too.
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“The present findings demonstrated that HCF consumption before moderate-intensity exercise could enhance exercise-induced improvement in EF, but not in MF. Therefore, we suggest that the combination of HCF consumption and aerobic exercise may be beneficial for improving EF.”
Consumption of high cocoa flavanol (HCF) could acutely improve cognitive function. (82/85)
The effect of a combination of HCF and exercise on cognitive functions is unclear. (82/85)
The impact of HCF on exercise-induced improvement in cognitive function was examined. (85/85)
Exercise-induced executive function (EF) improvements were further promoted by HCF. (83/85)
A combination of HCF and aerobic exercise is a beneficial strategy for improving EF. (84/85)
Aerobic exercise is known to acutely improve cognitive functions, such as executive function (EF) and memory function (MF). Additionally, consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa is reported to acutely improve cognitive function. Thus, we hypothesized that high cocoa flavanol (CF; HCF) consumption would enhance exercise-induced improvement in cognitive function. To test this hypothesis, we examined the combined effects of HCF consumption and moderate-intensity exercise on EF and MF during post-exercise recovery.
EF significantly improved immediately after exercise compared with before exercise in both conditions. However, EF was higher after HCF consumption than after LCF consumption during all time periods because HCF consumption improved EF before exercise. In contrast, HCF consumption and moderate-intensity exercise did not improve MF throughout the experiment.
The present findings demonstrated that HCF consumption prior to moderate-intensity exercise could enhance exercise-induced improvement in EF, but not in MF. Therefore, we suggest that the combination of HCF consumption and aerobic exercise may be beneficial for improving EF.
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