Cocoa Improves Memory in Elderly

Cocoa Improves Memory in ElderlyCocoa is said to be quite beneficial for memory of elderly. A research has taken place by a group of researchers from Harvard Medical School as per which two cups of hot chocolate per day will improve memory.

The study, which has been published in the journal Neurology, was carried out with an aim to find out ways by which blood flow to the brain can be improved.  An experiment was carried out in which 60 people took part in the study.

People who took part in the study were around 73 years old. They were asked to drink two cups of hot chocolate every day for a month. Those who were having no memory issues did not show any improvement.

But those who have cognitive deterioration showed an improvement of 8.3% in their blood flow. The improvement is said to have been revealed through ultrasound.

Study researchers were of the view, "There is a strong correlation between neurovascular coupling and cognitive function, and both can be improved by regular cocoa consumption".

The recent study was not only focussing on effect of cocoa consumption on thinking and memory skills, but also on neurovascular coupling. Farzaneh A. Sorond, lead author of the study, said that knowing more about neurovascular coupling can prove beneficial about diseases like Alzheimer's.