A new study conducted in 60 elderly people found; two cups of cocoa a day improves blood flow to the brain. Improved blood flow to the brain is associated with better memory function. Researchers believe that it is flavanol in the cocoa that plays a big role in vascular health. In this study, one group received high-flavanol cocoa and another low-flavanol cocoa. There was no difference found between the two groups. However, 88% of the people who had impaired blood flow at the beginning of the study saw improvements in blood flow and some cognitive tests. Moreover, 37% of the people with normal blood flow at the beginning of the study saw an improvement as well. Researchers concluded that it might be another component in cocoa that is associated with improved blood flow, or it could be that only small amount of flavanol was needed. One of the limitations of this study was that there was no control group to assess the effects of drinking no cocoa at all. What are your favorite foods with healing properties?
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