Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Age-related Memory Decline

October 27, 2014 11:10 AM

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Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Age-related Memory Decline

Dietary cocoa flavanols — naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa — reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia Univ. Medical Center (CUMC) scientists. The study, published this week in the advance online issue of Nature Neuroscience, provides the first direct evidence that one component of age-related memory decline in humans is caused by changes in a specific region of the brain and that this form of memory decline can be improved by a dietary intervention.

As people age, they typically show some decline in cognitive abilities, including learning and remembering such things as the names of new acquaintances or where one parked the car or placed one’s keys. This normal age-related memory decline starts in early adulthood but usually does not have any no...

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