Chocolate Lovers Are Smart

Does chocolate give you more brain power? One study seems to indicate that it does. Dr. Farzaneh Sorond, a neurologist at Brigham Women’s Hospital, studied 60 older adults over 30 days and found that two cups of hot cocoa a day boosted the brain’s blood cell supply by 8.3 percent. This, says the good doctor, amounted to a 30 percent jump in memory and thinking abilities among the adults who had impaired blood flow to their brains. Sorond says that antioxidants and caffeine may be at work here, but that more steaming cups of cocoa (er, studies) are needed to know for sure what exactly is going on. – Ralph Raffio

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