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Scientists in Italy investigate cocoa's cognitive benefits

The high flavonol content of raw coca brings substantial health benefits, especially for those with mild cognitive problems. Indeed a scientific study, conducted by the University L'Aquila and published in the peer reviewed journal Hypertension, has demonstrated that taking raw cocoa each day brings significant improvements in cognitive function.

The formally managed study involved 90 elderly individuals with mild cognitive impairment who were split into three groups, each consuming different levels of raw cocoa (high, intermediate and low). The participants were subjected to two mental speed tests and a verbal fluency test. The group that consumed a cocoa drink, containing about 990 mg of flavonols (about 1 tbls) for a period of 8 weeks were found to show significant improvements in both mental processing speed and verbal fluency (P<0.05). ). Insulin resistance, blood pressure, and lipid peroxidation also decreased among subjects in the high-flavonol and intermediate-flavonol groups.

The full details of the Italian Study can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22892813

Where can I get Raw Cocoa (Cacao) Powder?

Unfortunately, only cocoa powder in its raw state can deliver the health benefits discussed above. This is because the heat and chemical processing deployed in normal chocolate manufacture destroys the flavonols which are the source of the health benefits we seek. Fortunately, as the benefits of raw cocoa have been re-discovered, more sources are emerging. Supplies are still, however, difficult to track down. Here are a few sources that we believe offer the quality of raw cocoa powder necessary to obtain the flavonol content we seek. Simply search the site for raw cocoa or cacao.

[These sources and links are provided for information only, and should not be construed as a recommendation for the businesses or their products.]

USA: Big Tree Farms: http://www.bigtreefarmsstore.com/

The Raw Food World Store: http://www.therawfoodworld.com/

UK and Europe: Chocolution Ltd.: http://thechocolution.com/

Detox Your World: http://www.detoxyourworld.com/

Chococru: http://www.chococru.com/

Taking Raw Cocoa Powder

You can consume raw cocoa powder in the same ways as regular cocoa. For people with CBD we would recommend trying 1 tbsp in warm milk or added to your favourite espresso drink. Should you need to sweeten the drink then consider adding some trehalose as this also aids clearance of toxins from the brain (see Neuro-preservation regimen by Sharon Comden).

Trehalose is available in The USA from http://neurocoat.com/ or in the UK from http://www.trehalose.co.uk.

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[see also memory enhancement]
Dietary cocoa flavanols reverse age-related memory decline in mice
Date: October 26, 2014
Source: Columbia University Medical Center
Summary: Dietary cocoa flavanols - naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa - reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a new study. Flavanols are also found naturally in tea leaves and in certain fruits and vegetables.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141026195046.htm



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