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Cocoa-derived Flavanols Can Improve Memory and Cognition, Study Finds

A daily dose of flavanols—antioxidants found in foods like tea and cocoa—helped improve the memory and cognitive brain function of middle-aged adults, reports a new study published in Nature Neuroscience.A team led by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center randomly assigned 37 healthy volunteers aged 50 to 69 to receive either a high-flavanol (900 mg) or a low-flavanol (10 mg) cocoa drink, developed by candymaker Mars Inc., once a day for three months. Each participant also was given a brain scan and cognitive tests before and after the study; the...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Monday, 27 October, 2014

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