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Cups of hot chocolate can improve memory in seniors

Published: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 - 9:26 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Whether in summer or winter, a couple of cups of hot chocolate daily may be just what seniors need to boost their memory.

A study of 60 seniors with an average age of 73 was just published in the journal Neurology.

To measure the power of flavanol-rich hot chocolate on the brain, all were asked to drink two cups of hot chocolate daily for a month.

Eighteen of the seniors showed impaired blood flow to the brain at the beginning of the study. By the end of the month, however, they had an 8.3 percent improvement to the working areas of the brain. Plus, they scored better on memory tests.

In the same journal, another study following over 30,000 Swedish men found that high chocolate consumption lowered the risk of stroke.

So, go ahead, indulge in some chocolate today.

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Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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