Participants in the study showed improved working and processed visual information quicker after consuming cocoa.
Scientific research concludes that a balanced diet of chocolate and cocoa performs wonders for brain cognition. According to Frontiers in Nutrition, a specialized Swiss publication, scientists have shown that cocoa grains contain a rich source of flavonoides, a class of natural components that provide positive neuroprotective effects.
Participants in the study, according to Prensa Latina, showed improved working and processed visual information quicker after consuming cocoa.
Valentina Socci and Michele Ferrara, authors of the study and professors at the Italian University of L’Aquila, emphasized that the most unexpected and promising results indicate that cocoa flavonoids strengthens the cardiovascular system and can increase cerebral blood volume.
Another revelation was the improved performance of tasks in people suffering from chronic sleep deprivation since flavonoids stunt cognitive deterioration. Prensa Latina reported that frequent cocoa consumption was used to measure a series of cognitive tests in each participant.
After such encouraging test results, Socci and Ferrara were the first to increase their daily intake of chocolate and cocoa. Research into enhancing cognitive abilities has increased in recent years due to diseases related to population aging such dementia and Alzheimers.