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Can cocoa help prevent age-related memory decline?
Can cocoa help prevent age-related memory decline? (October 28, 2014 - Insidermedicine) From New York - A naturally occurring bioactivity in cocoa has been shown to reverse age-related memory decline, according to a report published in Nature Neuoscience. Researchers studied 37 healthy volunteers between the ages of 50-69 years. Participants were randomized to either 900 mg of flavanol--found in cocoa, as well as tea leaves and some fruits and vegetabes--a day, or only 10 mg of flavanol a day for three months. Participants underwent MRI and memory tests before and after the study period. Results showed that those on the high flavanol diet performed much better on the memory test. In particular, they found that if an individual on the high flavanol diet had the memory of a 60 year at the outset of the study, their memory improved to that of a 30 or 40 year old by the end of the study.