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Chocolate and brain: the effect of chocolate to your brain

16/06/2016 benefits of chocolate for brain

A recent American research shows the results about the brain performance. Researchers made a questionnaire with all sorts of information about dietary habits of the participants. And the dietary habits of the participants revealed an interesting pattern:


People who eat chocolate at least once a week tend to perform better cognitively.


Others had previously shown that eating chocolate was correlated with various positive health outcomes, but few had explored the treat’s effect on the brain and behavior, and even fewer had observed the effect of habitual chocolate consumption.


The chocolate effect


In scientific terms, eating chocolate was significantly associated with superior “visual-spatial memory and organization, working memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning, and the mini-mental state examination.

These functions translate to everyday tasks, such as remembering a phone number, or your shopping list, or being able to do two things at once, like talking and driving at the same time.

Furthermore, the researchers tested whether chocolate consumption predicted cognitive ability, or if it was actually the other way around–that people with better performing brains tended to gravitate toward chocolate. If better cognitive ability predicted chocolate consumption, there should have been an association between the people’s cognitive performance prior to answering the questionnaire and their reported chocolate intake. But there wasn’t.

Researchers can’t say with absolute certainty why exactly eating chocolate is associated with improved brain function.

Cocoa and thus chocolate are rich in nutrients called cocoa flavonols, which seem to have a positive effect on people’s brains. Also chocolate, like coffee and tea, has rich in methylxanthines a compound that enhances various bodily functions, for examples the concentration levels.

In conclusion, researchers declared that we can eat small amounts of chocolate without guilt if we have a normal and balanced healthy diet. The only certainty is that there are more questions to ask a more answers to pursue about the link between chocolate and brain functions.





Source: The magical thing eating chocolate does to your brain

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