It’s not only delicious, but this treat can keep you healthier and help you think more clearly, experts say.
Looking to distress and improve your memory, immune system and your overall mood?
A bi-weekly trip to those aerobics classes might do it. Or, perhaps a daily swim in the lake. But if neither of these are an option, be sure to do this: get to the store and grab yourself a slab of dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate is full of anti-inflammatory flavonoids, something we already knew. And new research conducted by scientists at Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center shows that chocolate with a high concentration of cacao has some other amazing properties.
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“For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content- the more sugar, the happier we are,” said Dr. Lee S. Berk, the study’s principal investigator. “This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao”.
The study findings show cacao consumption improves the activation of T-cells in your body, components that are an integral part of your immune system.
When cacao is present at 70%, it also plays a significant role in brain hyperplasticity, and has an effect on genes involved in neural signaling and sensory perception.
How the chocolate does this, exactly, hasn’t been detailed to the public, but the findings were presented to fellow researchers earlier this spring at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego.
Good news-another great excuse to have more desert.