Chocolate news just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?
Science Daily had an article up a few weeks ago about the brain benefits of not only chocolate but wine and tea as well.
The dynamic trio apparently helps with cognitive performance: in a test with 2,031 elderly people between the ages of 70-74, the ones who ate the chocolate, tea and wine scored higher in a battery of cognitive tests than those who didn’t.
The reasoning behind the boost in brain function is still being studied (isn’t it always?), but it’s theorized that because cocoa, tea and red wine contain polyphenols — micronutrients found in plant-derived foods — that those who consume lots of flavonoids, the biggest sub-class of polyphenols, tend to have a lower incidence of dementia.
I can tell you right now how a good piece of chocolate helps my brain: it makes me feel good, which relaxes me, which helps me concentrate. See, you didn’t even have to pay me or spend months of research for that!