Health / MindFriday, May 24, 2013 6:00 AM
Ask any baby boomer what he or she most fears - aside from wrinkles - the answer’s very likely to be memory loss. “But there’s good news,” says “Rogue Nutritionist” Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS. “Compounds in cocoa called flavanols activate a pathway that just might guard against Alzheimer’s.” Bowden points to research just published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry showing that flavanols trigger “neuroprotective activity,” which is science talk for protecting your brain. This definitely got our blood racing with excitement as half the time we can’t remember where we left our keys let alone keep track of all the things we have to check off our to-do list.
“The researchers believe that cocoa flavanols may be beneficial in a number of conditions such as aging and dementia,” explains Bowden. He also cites research by Harvard nutritionist and epidemiologist Eric Ding, Ph.D., published in the Journal of Nutrition which demonstrates the positive effect of flavanols on heart health, metabolism and circulation. “In my book, that makes chocolate a bona fide health food!” says Bowden.
Still on the fence? Bowden, the author of 13 books including the highly [...]