Can Drinking Cocoa Make You Smarter? – Study

The answer to that question appears to be – Yes.

The brains of healthy adults recovered faster from a mild vascular challenge and performed better on complex tests if the participants consumed cocoa flavanols beforehand, researchers report in the journal Scientific Reports. In the study, 14 of 18 participants saw these improvements after ingesting the flavanols.

Previous studies have shown that eating foods rich in flavanols can benefit vascular function, but this is the first to find a positive effect on brain vascular function and cognitive performance in young healthy adults, said Catarina Rendeiro, a researcher and lecturer in nutritional sciences at the University of Birmingham who led the research with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign psychology professors Monica Fabiani and Gabriele Gratton.

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“Flavanols are small molecules found in many fruits and vegetables, and cocoa, too,” Rendeiro said. “They give fruits and vegetables their bright colors, and they are known to benefit vascular function. We wanted to know whether flavanols also benefit the brain vasculature, and whether that could have a positive impact on cognitive function.”

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2 responses to “Can Drinking Cocoa Make You Smarter? – Study

  1. The has got to be the most complex and most fascinating part of the body. As in my own brain injury recovery journey, I’ve been blown away by what can significantly improve brain function and what can dramatically undermine brain function.
    Oh so much to learn and share what the brain is capable of and how it needs to be cared for.

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