It has long been known that chocolate has a positive effecton the mental abilities of a person, but there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. Researchers at the University of L’Aquila, Italy decided to give a final answer to this question and proved that the substances contained in cocoa beans do improve brain activity. However, this benefit varies according to the age and sex of people, and scientists even have an assumption about what exactly improves brain function.
Darkness is more beneficialchocolate with a cocoa content of 70% and higher. To prove this, the researchers conducted a small experiment: three groups of volunteers had to eat small, medium and more dark chocolate for five days to three months. Practically all participants improved working memory and processing of visual information, but scientists noticed that, depending on age and gender, the effect varies considerably.
Older people got from being contained in chocolateflavanols improved attention, working memory and speech fluency. The effect was especially noticeable in the experiment participants who already had problems with attention and memory.
This result demonstrates the ability of cocoa flavanols to protect cognitive functions in vulnerable populations.
Also, women with nightlack of sleep - chocolate helped them to avoid distraction of attention, which arises from lack of sleep. It seems that this is great news for people with a shift schedule!
Researchers can not give an exact answer whyChocolate has such a good effect on a person’s cognitive abilities. However, they believe that it is associated with flavanols, which have a positive effect on the health of the cardiovascular system and improve blood circulation. It is these structures that are particularly susceptible to aging, and the improvement of their condition can positively affect the work of the brain.
With all this, do not forget that chocolatecontains many calories that can lead to obesity. Chocolate also contains toxic theobromines - it is hardly possible to poison them, but it is important to comply with the measure anyway.
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