Published: April 25, 2018 6:33:26 pm
Eating dark chocolate can reduce stress and inflammation, as well as improve memory, immunity and mood, as demonstrated by experimental studies.
This is attributed to the high concentration of cocoa Source of flavonoids
The flavonoids that are found in cocoa are extremely potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, with known mechanisms responsible for the health of the brain and the cardiovascular system
"For years, we have seen the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content – the more sugar, the happier we are," said Lead Researcher Lee S. Berk of Loma Linda University in California, USA.
"This is the first time that we have looked at the effects of large amounts of cocoa in cans, which are as small as a chocolate bar of normal size in humans over short or long periods, and are encouraged by the results," added Berk added.
Furthermore, dark chocolate It has also been found that this affects human gene expression. It regulates cellular immune response, neural signaling and sensory perception.
The consumption of cocoa regulates the intracellular signaling pathways of T cell activation, cellular immune response and neural signal and sensory perception – the latter associated with the phenomena of hyperplasticity of the brain
"These studies show us that the higher The concentration of cocoa is, the more positive the influence on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other positive effects, "said Berk.
The results were presented at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, USA
For the study, the team first examined the influence of large amounts of cocoa in cans as small as a chocolate bar of normal size in humans sooner or later
The team evaluated the response of the electroencephalogram (EEG) to the intake of 48 g of dark chocolate (70% cocoa) after an acute period (30 minutes) and after a chronic period (120 minutes) Modulation of brain frequencies from 0 to 40 Hz, specifically favorable gamma frequency (25-40 Hz).
Berk said that the studies require further investigation, specifically the significance of these effects on immune cells and the brain in larger study populations.
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