Hey all you chocolate lovers! Here’s the good news. Eating dark chocolate may help to protect your brain from ageing and other age-related disorders. Consuming dark chocolate thought to be good for memory and ageing as well, experts discovered.
According to a new study, eating dark chocolate may protect your brain from ageing and other age-related inflammation and stress, which plays a vital role in developing neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s.
Researchers said that many positive effects of eating dark chocolate were noticed on people’s memory. The study findings may help to enlighten the beneficial effects of consuming dark chocolate on memory.
During the ageing process, oxidative stress and inflammation develops and believed to play a significant role in the growth of neurodegenerative disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Researches from the University of California, San Diego in the U.S. conducted a study and discovered that the epicatechin (Epi), which is a flavanol contained in foods like dark chocolate, significantly contributes in eliminating detrimental oxidative stress and neuroinflammation in a mouse model of ageing.
In just two-weeks treatment process with epicatechin, it helped in overcoming the oxidative stress levels that would normally elevate in this mouse model and also helped to boost memory and anxiety in mice.
So, here is a reason to replace your desserts with dark chocolate as it may help in improving your memory and also protect brain from age-related disorders.
“We previously reported on the beneficial effects of treatment with the cacao flavanol on ageing-induced oxidative stress and capacity to restore modulators of mitochondrial biogenesis in the prefrontal cortex of 26-month-old mice,” researchers disclosed.
“In the current study, using a similar mouse model of ageing, we examined the capacity of Epi to mitigate hippocampus oxidative stress and inflammation leading to improved memory and anxiety levels,” they added.
The team of experts treated male mice for two weeks and also took their brain samples for the evaluation of appropriate endpoint.
The evaluation of the OS markers protein carbonyls and malondialdehyde levels displayed important development with ageing that are restricted by Epi.
The study was published in the journal Experimental Biology.