Scientists believe that flavanoid, an antioxidant within the cocoa, can help people in their sixties improve their memory and get it back like when they were 30 or 40 years old.
Cocoa can help memory loss resulting from aging, according to a new study.
A study from the Medical Center at Columbia University in New York shows that the loss of memory, a common problem in older people, causing them to forget little things like the names of relatives or where they left their keys, can be treated by changing eating habits.
The study included 37 volunteers aged between 50 and 69 years, and have been divided into two groups. One group drank daily drinks with high (900 mg) dose of flavanoids, and the other drank only 10 mg of flavanoids per day. After three months, the group which had more flavanoids showed signs of quickly and clearly recognizing visual patterns. Scan of the brain before and after testing showed that there is more blood to the area of the hippocampus, where fresh brain cells are generated.
“Participant who at the start had a memory of a typical 60-year-old, after three months, on average, had a memory typical of someone of 30 or 40 years” said the lead author, Dr. Scott Mali.
“Given the global aging population, authors of the study have made a significant contribution because they showed that a intervention without drugs can improve learning new information,” said Dr. Ashok Jansari, a neuropsychologist at the University of Goldsmiths.
A study published in the online journal Nature Neuroscience, was followed by research that indicates the cardiovascular benefits of cocoa. However, experts say that this does not mean that people should eat more chocolate, because the product that was used in the experiment was a drink made from cocoa beans.
Research has not monitored the effect of cocoa on dementia that is different from the memory decline caused by aging.