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Cups of hot chocolate can improve memory in seniors

08/08/2013 8:16 AM

08/19/2013 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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Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.


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