Pam Belluck’s New York Times article will make a lot of people happy!
…”In a small study in the journal Nature Neuroscience, healthy people, ages 50 to 69, who drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols for three months performed better on a memory test than people who drank a low-flavanol mixture.
On average, the improvement of high -flavanol driners meant they performed like people two to three decades younger on the study memory tasks, said Dr. Scott A. Small a neurologist at Columbia University Center and the study’s senior author. They performed about 25 %better than the low-flavanol group.”
“…Besides improvement on the memory test- a pattern recognition test involving the kind of skill used in remembering where you parked your car or recalling the face of someone you just met-researchers found increased function in the area of the brains hippocampus called the dentate gyrus, which has been linked to this kind of memory.”
“…Do not rush out to buy Milky way or Snickers bars. To consume the high-flavanol groups daily dose of epicatechin, 138 milligrams, would take eating at least 300 grams of dark chocolate a day- about seven average candy bars…Milk chocolate has most epicatechin processed out of it”.