Ever looked at those scenes from Popeye when the famous sailor used to rip up a can of spinach, swallow it at once and become an intelligent ripped super-sailor? What if the scientists told you that chocolate consumption can do the same thing to your cognitive functions? A recent survey concluded that eating chocolate is good for your smarts.
Regular consumption of the brown delicacy leads to an improved cognitive function. And the darker the chocolate, the better the results.
The study was conducted using data from a former study that focused on the cardiovascular risks and dietary intake of the citizens in Syracuse, NY. In the former study, the participants were asked to give lengthy descriptions of their dietary intake. They were also required to complete a series of brain functioning tests.
The researchers discovered a clear link between chocolate consumption and good test results. The Organization and Spatial-Visual Memory, Working Memory, Tracking and Scanning, Abstract Reasoning and the Examination of Mental State were all affected by the chocolate intake of the participant. The only brain function that was not related in any way with chocolate consumption was Working Memory.
The scientists also eliminated modifying factors such as lifestyle, cardiovascular or other dietary influences.
The team of scientists that worked on the study also discovered that chocolate can bring additional benefits to its consumers. The cocoa-based dessert can help battle brain degeneration. Furthermore, the delicious tablets were used throughout history in the treatment of childhood diarrhea, fever, insomnia and the lack of a sexual appetite.
More modern studies have demonstrated that chocolate consumption improves cardiovascular performance, protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays and even reduces the levels of cholesterol.
There are additional studies that claim the fact that dark chocolate could be a perfect dessert for those who are trying to lose weight. Will Clower, a neuroscientist declared that a small chocolate square melted on the patient’s tongue approximately twenty minutes before a meal triggers the brain to eliminate that same hormone that is usually eliminated when the stomach is full.
Also, when eaten as a dessert, dark chocolate actually quells the need of binge snacking.
Besides being the greatest desert in the world, the cocoa-based dessert tablet is also a delicious aphrodisiac and diet adjuvant. Adding the fact that researchers discovered that eating chocolate is good for your smarts, you realize that the cocoa goodness should not be missing from your daily munches.
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