Chocolate may reduce dementia risk

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Older people who eat chocolate reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive decline significantly, new research shows.

That is the conclusion of Portuguese researchers who are presenting their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease this summer. That cocoa products are beneficial to the brain is known, but such a clear health advantage over time has not been previously demonstrated.

– There is a significant reduction in risk, said doctor Håvard Bentsen at the Centre for Psychopharmacology in Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo.

He is a specialist in psychiatry and clinical pharmacology and research on how diet affects the brain.

The Portuguese researchers’ findings coincide with the findings in the Hordaland Health Study, which showed that regular consumption of chocolate over time for people aged 70 to 74 years increased the likelihood of scoring well on cognitive tests.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today