Eating chocolate can make you smarter, Flavanols can improve the wellbeing of the brain
Flavanol rich foods have a beneficial effect, as seen during the study, on brain vascular and cognitive performance for young healthy adults.
Whenever we drink our beloved cocoa, it feels surreal, and it lifts our mood automatically. It is understood that cocoa in dark chocolate affects our senses, but it can really improve our brain capacity, which has come to us all as a surprise. Flavanols, particularly cocoa flavanol, have been shown by recent research to improve brain agility. Now we can tuck our beloved dessert into another cause!
Research carried out at Urbana-Champaña by the University of Illinois showed that food rich in flavonols had a beneficial impact on the function of the brains and memory of young, healthy adults, potentially by signaling nitric oxide.
“Emerging proofs indicate, too that the diets rich in flavanol have a protective against cognitive aging but mechanisms are not easy to explain. We combine these two lines of research in an acute randomized, double-blind trial for healthy young adults, demonstrating for the first time that the use of flavanol induces more quick and higher reactions to oxygenation by the brain
The study was undertaken to determine the underlying physiological behavior of coconut flavanols on cortical and peripheral vascular and cognitive function with different physiological and cognitive difficulties.
Having consumed chocolate flavanols early on the brains of healthy adults recovered more rapidly from a moderate vascular challenge and were better assessed in complex situations. These improvements were seen by 14 out of 18 participants after flavanols were consumed.
The study was published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports‘.