Cocoa bean compound staves off memory loss | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Cocoa bean compound staves off memory loss | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Compounds found in cocoa beans, which are used to make chocolate, may reverse the normal age-related memory decline seen in healthy older adults, researchers say.

In a new study, people who were randomly assigned to eat a diet high in these compounds, called flavanols, for three months performed significantly better on a memory test than people assigned to eat a diet low in flavanols.

Additionally, brain imaging of the participants who consumed the high amounts of flavanols revealed noticeable improvements in the function of a region called the dentate gyrus, which is thought to be involved in memory.

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