Cup of cocoa could give the elderly the memory of a ‘typical 30 or 40-year-old’

THE INDEPENDENT – OCTOBER 27, 2014

BY:  KUNAL DUTTA

Cocoa can help to slow and even reverse age-related memory loss, according to a study pointing to the previously unknown mental benefits of the chocolate ingredient.

Scientists believe that flavanols, the antioxidants inside cocoa beans, can give people in their sixties the memory of a “typical 30 or 40-year-old”.

The study, by the Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, is thought to be the first evidence that age-related memory decline – a common problem that can cause older people to forget small things like the names of acquaintances or where they have placed their keys – can be countered through dietary changes. [Read more…]

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