Chocolate Brain Food?
As many of you may know, there's been a lot of research done on chocolate and health benefits. We learned years ago that chocolate releases phytosteral, which mimics human sex hormones. More recently, researches found that dark chocolate has antioxidant and cardiovascular benefits. And now, there's yet one more reason to indulge in your choco-needs.
Chocolate makes you smarter.
Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, of the Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, found that eating milk chocolate may boost brain function. How did he discover this?
Participants consumed milk chocolate, dark chocolate, carob (a chocolate-like bean), and then nothing on four separate rounds. After each round, the volunteers went through computer neurophysiological testing, assessing word discrimination, verbal memory, design memory, attention span, reaction time, problem solving, and response variability. Mood and task workload were assessed via the Profile of Mood States (POMS) and the NASA-Task Load Index (NASA-TLX)
So what were the results?
“Composite scores for verbal and visual memory were significantly higher for milk chocolate than the other conditions,” reported Dr. Raudenbush. And after eating both milk and dark chocolate, volunteers also showed improved impulse control and reaction time.
Why does eating chocolate seem to make you smarter?
The researchers believe that the digestion of chocolate helps cognitive performance by the release of glucose, and increased blood flow to the brain. Some of the ingredients in chocolate that give your brain a boost include theobromine, phenethylamine and caffeine - all have been known to help with concentration and focus.
So go ahead! Eat lots of chocolate...it's brain food.
I'm hoping researchers will find that consuming large quantities of gummy bears will give me telepathy.