Here comes a wonderful message for all chocolate lovers. Not only is chocolate divinely delicious — it is also good for our brains, according to new research.
Chocolate is readily available in a limitless array of shapes and flavor combinations. What’s certain is that there is always something to satisfy just about everyone.
The old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may of course be true. But according to new research, it turns out there’s another effective way to keep healthy — and the answer is chocolate.
In a new study from the University of L’Aquila, Italy, researchers discovered that regularly eating chocolate protects your brain from cognitive impairment.
Chocolate is full of antioxidants and iron. Chocolate has become a staple in deserts and for anyone with a sweet tooth. According to the study, a compound in cocoa, flavanols, also lead to long-term positive effects on the brain.
Flavanols was shown to help concentration levels increase, aid in how effectively the brain absorbs information — and improves memory.
“Regular intake of cocoa and chocolate could indeed provide beneficial effects on cognitive functioning over time,” says author Valentina Socci in the study published in ”Frontiers in Nutrition”.
Although it is certainly still a good idea to have that apple every day, nutrition Dr. Jacylin London highlights the significance of indulging in chocolate every day.
“Having an ounce of chocolate per day, or about 150 to 200 calories, has a number of different benefits,” she said. “While no food is a miracle-worker, I’m a huge proponent of treating yourself with chocolate daily.”
Now there’s some great news! It’s time to enjoy some chocolate every day!