The compounds in cocoa can restore lost memory related to age. Thus the results of recent research published in the journal Nature Neuroscience on Sunday

Whatever the reason for loving sokelat, a study showed that the natural compound found in cocoa, tea, and some vegetables can reverse memory loss associated with age. The findings indicate that cocoa compounds that improve connectivity and blood flow in brain regions important memory.

Cocoa compounds called flavanols restore mild memory loss in the elderly. Using brain scans and memory tests, this study showed that flavanol extracted from cocoa beans has increased neuronal connections in the dentate gyrus in rats, a part of the brain involved in memory formation.

But the researchers also cautioned that a compound found in cocoa that exist only in very small amounts in the chocolate bar compared to the amount used in this study. eating chocolate so often in the name of health and improving one's memory could backfire.

"It (chocolate) will make many people happy, but will also make them unhealthy," said Scott A. Small, an associate professor of neurology and director of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center at the Taub Institute, Columbia University Medical Center.

The study involved 37 healthy people aged 50 to 69 years. Randomly, they were given a diet high in flavanols, consume 900 milligrams per day, or a diet low in flavanols, consume 10 mg per day. A brain scan, which measures blood volume in the dentate gyrus and memory tests were used to evaluate the effect of diet. Scott said that the chocolate bar contains about 40 mg of flavanols.

The researchers said that if someone has a memory of the types age 60 years at baseline, after three months, on average, a memory he will function more like 30 or 40 years of age.

The researchers also cautioned that much to do because the sample size is small. Most cocoa processing methods currently used to delete a lot of flavanols found in cocoa.

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