Chocolate is arguably the favorite snack of almost all people of all ages. Chocolate has a variety of types, one of which is dark chocolate or dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has a bitter taste, but behind that taste dark chocolate has a myriad of benefits. The benefits of dark chocolate turned out to affect the cognitive functions of the brain, including improving memory and the ability to think logically.
Dark chocolate can improve memory and mood
Research shows that dark chocolate is good for the health of your brain. Other studies have found that regularly consuming dark chocolate can improve memory, brain health, improve mood and immunity.
The study found that young adults who consumed dark chocolate had good short-term memory compared to people who ate plain white chocolate.
Meanwhile, chocolate is also good for long-term memory. This is evidenced in studies involving adults aged 50-69 years. The participants who took high-flavanol cacao supplements for three months had higher memory test results than those who took low-flavanol cacao supplements.
Dark chocolate can also improve cognitive function in parents
Other research, shows that dark chocolate can improve cognitive function in older people who have decreased cognitive function. Other research also shows that high consumption of dark chocolate flavanols can help increase blood flow to the brain more smoothly.
Evidence of increased cerebral blood flow, oxygen levels, or nerve function is measured by imaging tests or tests of electrical activity in the brain after consumption of dark chocolate drinks. However, because these changes are not routinely associated with improved performance on cognitive tasks, it is difficult to relate direct results to better brain function.
However, further research is still needed on this matter. Because this study cannot explain many other variables that can affect brain function.
Why is dark chocolate good for memory?
Black or dark chocolate contains flavanols which have antioxidant properties. Because of the high level of this substance, dark chocolate can help improve cognitive and memory abilities.
A new study published in Frontiers in Nutrition analyzes the evidence to date that flavanols can be useful for the functioning of the human brain. Flavanols are a form of flavonoids, vegetable substances that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
A study reports that dark chocolate can reduce inflammation, improve the immune system and improve your mood.
When you consume dark chocolate, flavanols will accumulate in parts of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a part of the brain that plays a role in learning and storing and processing long-term memory.
Now, in those parts of the brain flavanols play their role as antioxidants and maximize nerve work, thus helping to improve memory.
Even though it's proven to be good, but how much chocolate can you eat?
The amount of dark chocolate that should be consumed per day is still a lot of debate. Many studies suggest that consuming 500 - 750 milligrams (mg) per day is good for health.
Dark chocolate has a variety of cacao percentages, which can be confusing. When you choose dark chocolate, choose one that has at least 65 percent cocoa content or higher.
Higher percent dark chocolate contains higher antioxidant and nutritional concentrations compared to chocolate with a lower percentage of cocoa.
The higher the content of cocoa in chocolate, the higher the content of flavonoids. One hundred grams of dark chocolate contains 46-61 mg of catechin which is one type of flavonoids.
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