A de­li­cious way to sharpen think­ing

First For Women - - Nutrition -

A choco­latey treat can be a pow­er­ful brain booster, ac­cord­ing to Ital­ian re­searchers. Their re­search re­view, pub­lished in the jour­nal Fron­tiers in Nu­tri­tion, re­vealed that adults who en­joy 1 oz. of dark choco­late (a serv­ing the size of a domino) three hours be­fore a cog­ni­tive test per­form 53% bet­ter and their re­sponses are 14% faster. And en­joy­ing dark choco­late daily for two months im­proves men­tal speed by 39% in those with mild cog­ni­tive de­cline. The re­searchers credit co­coa’s rich stores of flavonoids, which boost blood flow to the mem­ory and learn­ing cen­ters of the brain.

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