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Drink Cocoa for Your Brain

There are so many reasons to enjoy a nice, hot mug of cocoa, and now there are even more.

A recent study found that cocoa increases blood flow to the brain, which means it may be helpful in treating dementia since it is marked by decreased blood flow in the brain.

Cocoa is high in the anti-oxidant known as flavanol, and flavanol promotes
dilation of the arteries. Hence the increase in blood flow to the brain. The wonders of cocoa don't stop there, it has been found to help decrease blood pressure as well. Chocolate companies are positioning themselves to break into the lucrative health food market and Mars announced plans to market a line of products under the name CocoaVia which will be high in flavanols. Looks like Hershey will follow suit and increase flavanols in their dark chocolate products.

Studies will soon be performed on folks with compromised brain function to see if drinking a nice, hot mug of cocoa increases blood flow to their brains as well as the young lasses that participated in the original study.

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vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
Mmmm.....this is all the reason I needed :)
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
I love hot chocolate!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:rotfl: at skinny bitch! HAHAHA hilarious man! lol
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
It's even better for you if you choose organic :) .
mitzvahsha mitzvahsha 10 years
CocoVia chocolate is yummy - it's been here in Boston for at least a year or so. The dark chocolate stuff I tried was good quality. If you like the dark chocolate Dove bars, you'll definitely like the CocoaVia stuff.
SkinnyBitch SkinnyBitch 10 years
I'm drinking a gallon of the stuff, but it's not making me any smarter. I'm liable to do stuff like dis:
divinedebris divinedebris 10 years
ok, so all that good stuff comes from hot coco but what i really want to know is..what about a good chocolate bar(with almonds)? or a bowl of rocky road? burn almond fudge? YUM! and good for you?
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 10 years
Yummy! I have a cup every night.
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Fitsugar, I didn't know that. I drink it all the time.
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