Cocoa Can Prevent Memory Loss, Says Study

Cocoa Can Prevent Memory Loss, Says Study

A new research suggests that cocoa can prevent memory decline and memory loss significantly, if you drinks it regularly. Drinking cocoa regularly, may help older people from inevitable memory loss in older ages. Cocoa and cocoa related products have always gained importance in our society and life. Be it cocoa-generated medicines or addiction products, cocoa has always been available to man.

A study of 60 elderly people with no dementia found two cups of cocoa a day improved blood flow to the brain in those who had problems to start with. Those participants whose blood flow improved also did better on memory tests at the end of the study, the journal Neurology reported. Normally, a number of people suffer from memory loss and memory decline as soon as they hit sixty or seventy. And many of them increase alcohol intake. As they are mostly retired, cocoa intakes decreases. So, there are a number of causes that trigger memory decline. That’s why it is important to routinely drink cocoa two times a day.

In the latest study, researchers asked 60 people with an average age of 73 to drink two cups of cocoa a day – one group was given high-flavanol cocoa and another group was given low-flavanol cocoa – they consume no other chocolate. There was no difference between those who drank flavanol-rich cocoa and those who had flavanol-poor cocoa. Still, people with rich cocoa showed a bit better results than than those with poor cocoa. The volunteers underwent a chain of tests to clarify the results. Though experts say more people are needed to come to a conclusive claim, but for now this study is enough to certify cocoa as memory retaining element.

The researchers said that the lack of difference between the flavanol-rich and flavanol-poor cocoa could be because another component of the drink was having an effect or because only small amounts were needed.

Cocoa, not only prevents memory loss but is closely related to blood flow and people with impaired blood flow received improvements during the study. Ultrasound tests at the start of the study showed 17 of them had impaired blood flow to the brain.

But among the subjects, 88% of those with impaired blood flow at the start of the study saw improvements in blood flow and some cognitive tests, compared with 37% whose blood flow was normal at the beginning of the study.

MRI scans in 24 participants found that people with impaired blood flow were also more likely to have tiny areas of brain damage.

“We’re learning more about blood flow in the brain and its effect on thinking skills,” said study author Dr Farzaneh Sorond a neurologist at Harvard Medical School.

“As different areas of the brain need more energy to complete their tasks, they also need greater blood flow. This relationship, called neurovascular coupling, may play an important role in diseases such as Alzheimer’s.”

“A cocoa-based treatment would likely be very popular, but it’s too soon to draw any conclusions about its effects,” said Simon Ridley, an Alzheimer’s Researcher, UK. As Mr. Ridley has said, we also assume that cocoa based treatment will acquire much more importance on days yet to come. Cocoa is a popular element of our society and it’s natural choice than bitter medicines. The more we will know about such studies, the more easy our lives will be.

Dr Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said this was a small study but that it added to a wealth of evidence.

“One drawback of this study is the lack of a control group for comparison, and we can’t tell whether the results would have been different if the participants drank no cocoa at all.”

He also added, “Poor vascular is a known risk factor of dementia and understanding more about the links of vascular problems and declining brain health could help the search for new treatments and preventions.”

So, according to researchers, cocoa can prevent memory loss and memory decline. And it’s the simplest of all intakes. If one apple a day keeps doctors away then two cocoa cups a day keeps your brain healthy. And it is substantially better than other medications.

Written by: Jayeeta Shamsul