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Dark Chocolate Boosts Memory and Mood

By Connie Wan, P.h.D | May 8th, 2018

The health benefits of dark chocolate are well known.  These benefits have been contributed to the flavonoids found in cacao, which are extremely potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents with known mechanisms beneficial for brain and cardiovascular health.  Two resent studies, carried out by researchers from California’s Loma Linda University and presented in the Experimental Biology 2018 meeting, explored how concentrations of cacao in dark chocolate can boost cognitive function along with endocrine and cardiovascular health.  The results showed that the darker the chocolate the brighter the results.

The first of the studies involved five healthy volunteers who were made to avoid all other high-antioxidant foods for 48 hours beforehand. They were then fed 48 g (1.7 oz) of dark chocolate heavy in cacao – a 70 % concentration – daily over a period of eight days.  Their immune response and gene expression were then analyzed through blood samples and total RNA assays, both in the hours following and one week later, with the researchers keeping an eye out for pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines.  The researchers observed heightened T cell activation, cellular immune response and stimulation of genes associated with neural signaling and sensory perception, which signals that the brain is more receptive to muscle memory and learning new skills.

The second study involved five healthy volunteers, who were given 48 g of 70% cacao dark chocolate. Their brain activities were monitored by placing electrodes at nine different scalp locations and measuring the electroencephalography response 30 minutes and 120 minutes after consumption. The team observed heightened activity and neuroplasticity in regions associated with behavioral and brain health.

These studies suggested that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.  For an immediate results in boosting brain cognition, memory and mood and GET ____ DONE, try Mocca Shots, a caffeinated and dark chocolate infused vegan gummy coming in two delicious varieties: dark chocolate raspberry and dark chocolate orange, both can be find at https://seattlegummy.com/product/moccashots/

Journal References:

  1. Lee Berk,Kristin Bruhjell,Warren PetersPeter BastianEvertt LohmanGurinder, BainsJesusa Arevalo, and Steve Cole, Dark chocolate (70% cacao) effects human gene expression: Cacao regulates cellular immune response, neural signaling, and sensory perception, The FASEB Journal, Supplemental Issue, Vol. 32, No. 1_supplement April 2018, Abstract Number:755.1
  2.  Lee BerkJosh MillerKristin Bruhjell, Sayali Dhuri, Krisha Patel,Everett LohmanGurinder Bains, and Ryan Berk, Dark chocolate (70% organic cacao) increases acute and chronic EEG power spectral density (μV2) response of gamma frequency (25–40 Hz) for brain health: enhancement of neuroplasticity, neural synchrony, cognitive processing, learning, memory, recall, and mindfulness meditation, The FASEB Journal, Supplemental Issue, Vol. 32, No1_supplement, April 2018, Abstract Number: 878.1

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