The health benefits of physical exercise are well established. Although sometimes we wonder if they are good for the brain! And if we told you that chocolate is more effective than sport to increase the performance of the brain, what will you choose: an hour or walk or a chocolate bar?
A recent study by researchers at New York University and Columbia University, shows that flavanols from cocoa powder improves blood flow in the brain area called the hippocampus, which plays a vital role in the development of memory. Do you think this theory seems too good to be true? However, some aspects of this study are very interesting.
Various flavanols doses were distributed to the participants of the study. These doses have been taken for a period of three months. At the end of the study, the researchers found that participants who received a high dose of flavanols have better memory in comparison to the other participants.
Concerns about the study
The downside of this study is that it demonstrated that physical excersise has no effect on the participants, which is very questionable. In addition, participants consumed a product that was developed specifically for the needs of this study and contained approximately 1 g of flavanols. Namely a hundred grams of cocoa powder contains only 100 mg of flavanols.
This study shows that one has to consume 22 ounces of chocolate every day to get the amount of flavanols consumed by the participants. This means that eating chocolate can actually boost the brain, but on the other hand it will damage the overall health.
Further scientific research on the effects of chocolate, shows that eating small amounts of chocolate every day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The best thing to stay healthy is to adopt a healthy lifestyle based on regular physical activity and a diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. And eating a chocolate bar every day is far from harming your health! It helps reduce stress and improves brain function.
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