Hot-chocolate: fountain of brain-youth

A cup or two of cocoa a day might keep dementia away

If you’ve made it to the age of 72 and you need an excuse to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, here you go. The journal Neurology just released results of a study that looked at the effects of cocoa on people 72 and older and found that those who hadn’t performed well on memory and decision-making tests showed marked improvement in blood flow and brain function after consuming two cups of hot cocoa per day for 30 days. The findings could help with dementia research. Of course, depending on how you prepare your cocoa, there is risk of adding too much fat or sugar to your diet, so check with a physician before making a drastic change.

Source: Los Angeles Times’ Science Now blog.