Semi-Sweet: Study Finds Chocolate Compound Can Reverse Memory Loss . . . At The Cost Of Obesity

220px-Chocolate02Finally, a study that we can believe in and truly get behind. A study published in Nature Neuroscience found that chocolate has a natural compound from cocoa that can reverse age-related memory loss. The problem is that you have to eat so much that you immediately remember that you have a serious weight problem.

The researchers isolated the benefits from flavanols and found that they reverse mild memory loss in older adults. The same element was found in some tea and some vegetables. Most modern cocoa-processing methods however remove many of the flavanols found in cocoa.

The problem is that the compound is found only in minuscule amounts in the average chocolate bar so you would have to devour a massive amount of chocolate to reach the daily required level. Many would be happy to try of course. Worse yet, the guy who told us that chocolate could help our memories but would make us obese is Dr. Small. Scott A. Small is a professor of neurology and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Taub Institute at Columbia University Medical Center.

The research also established that memory deteriorates with age because of changes in the dentate gyrus, a region of the hippocampus. The compounds enhance connectivity and metabolic activity in the dentate gyrus. The result could be significant. The research indicated that a person with the memory of a typical 60-year-old could, after just three months, function more like a 30- or 40-year-old.

Not surprisingly, the study was funded by the chocolate maker Mars.

Source: NY Times

30 thoughts on “Semi-Sweet: Study Finds Chocolate Compound Can Reverse Memory Loss . . . At The Cost Of Obesity”

  1. John Ewbanks, BINGO! The dysfunctional food culture in this country has lost that fundamental truth, “everything in moderation.” I’m fortunate in that I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate. I’m diabetic but my doc encourages me to treat myself w/ dark chocolate. In moderation, of course.

  2. Squeeky, You are a gem. I worked w/ a guy who was getting his doctorate in psych. and was taking a course on dream analysis. He had me write down my dreams. It’s really quite easy. Wake up and have a pen/paper handy. You can wake yourself up and go back to sleep. Write down cryptic notes that will help you remember the details. Being naked is one of the most common dreams. It can mean a wide variety of things. As w/ all dream analysis, what is going on in your conscious life determines what your subconscious dreams are about. Dreams are merely a way for our subconscious to process the conscious.

    1. Nick – when I was in college I told one of my dreams to my room mate. He got an A on it in creative writing. 🙂

  3. “Not surprisingly, the study was funded by the chocolate maker Mars.”

    I knew there was a catch. 🙁

  4. We clearly need a “Chocolate Czar” or would this be against the First Lady’s policy to starve school children across America.

  5. Squeaky:


    I sent that to Hershey and Mars and Whitmans Sampler, Russel Stover wants you to compose one for the cherry cordial.

  6. Interesting article but if you’re diabetic or doing studies to the detriment of exercise I personally found the best thing is Ginkgo biloba.

    It works for about a year, after that it it reaches a peak and then starts causing really severe headaches. (but the memory stays when you stop)

  7. Tom
    The front page of HuffingtonPost has them both featured.
    They are expert blowhards in their own right.

  8. Thanks, Max. We now have two great “Dept. of Acceptable Food” cabinet heads. Don’t ever see either one of them as a strong contender for the nomination, but the post-2016 administration should consider either one for the new cabinet position.

  9. Has former Mayor Bloomberg” weighed in” on this issue yet? He may well be the best final authority.

  10. This could be a good thing because I have this recurring dream where I am in public in a group of people but I am without any skirt or pants on while everybody else is dressed. Now, I can have a prophylaxis! And an Irish Poem!

    How Great Trou Art???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    The nightmarish image it flickers. . .
    I’m in public without any knickers!
    Oh! Another fine mess!
    I forgot how to dress!
    Which won’t happen if I eat my Snickers!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  11. Maybe thats why men can never remember anything and women never forget anything, such as perceived slights 20 years prior.

    that or they nag men into a fog of oblivion…..or escape some might call it.

  12. BarkinDog.

    Stop eating that chocolate now. Don’t you know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, it contains a poison theobromine which is harmless to humans but poisons canids, in fact is used to bait coyotes.

  13. I am eating chocolate as I write (bark) here. Particularly after what Nick said about me in another topic here today. Memory loss is a tough thing to deal with. So is weight loss. One has to weight the advantage of the chocolate over the pounds over the …. oh, memory.

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