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More good news about dark chocolate

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July 23rd, 2018
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Two new studies reveal that specific types of chocolate may be more beneficial than we thought.

Previous research results have supported the health benefits of eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate. Now, two new studies reveal that specific types of chocolate may be more beneficial than we thought.

Dark chocolate (specifically, the base ingredient cacao) contains compounds known as flavonoids that have been shown to benefit heart and brain health because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties. In this study, researchers examined the effect of dark chocolate on cognition, immunity, and cardiovascular health. They tested the effects of regular-size chocolate bars with a minimum of 70% cacao and 30% sugar.

Study results

Results of the first study showed that people who ate dark chocolate had a boost in immune response, as measured by physiological processes that activate immune cells. The second study examined the effects of dark chocolate on cognitive processes, as measured by the presence of brain waves associated with functions such as better memory and learning. They found that consuming chocolate caused an increase in gamma brain waves, which are responsible for heightened focus and cognitive performance.

Researchers say these studies are significant because unlike much other research on dark chocolate, they used human subjects rather than laboratory tests or animals. They also say more research is needed on larger study populations in order to validate their results.

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