Revealed, Savor Chocolate Fight Dementia

Maybe you've heard this one food properties. Chocolate was already known as a nutritious food, from good for the heart, skin, mood to the brain. Recently, studies reveal the molecular mechanisms of the brain by the compounds in chocolate that protect the brain from neurological diseases of aging such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Chocolate is rich in antioxidant compounds and compounds amplifier brain performance. The latest studies reveal that the ability of the compounds in chocolate flavanols protect neuronal cells from degeneration and dementia. The study also found that the antioxidant polyphenols found in chocolate also function in maintaining brain down to the cellular level.

Researchers led by Annamaria Cimini of Univesity of L'Aquila in Italy makes cellular models of Alzheimer's disease were given plaques Ass and Ass peptide, associated with nerve degeneration. Giving chocolate polyphenols in cells triggers the production of brain derived neurotrophic factor or brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which helps nerve cells to grow and restore the cell death caused by oxidative stress.

"This study indicates, for the first time, not only the chocolate polyphenols act as antioxidants, but also directly or indirectly activate BDNF restore nerve cell death," said Cimini.

The study, published in the journal Cellular Biochemistry found that flavanols in cocoa may keep brain from degeneration of nerve cells, or at least slow it down. Because this experiment was performed on the isolation of human cells, it is unclear how much the amount of chocolate needed to produce BDNF is neuroprotective.

If you are interested to add more chocolate in the intake of food you eat, the study suggests, the consumption of moderate amounts of chocolate is enough to prevent cognitive decline and death of nerve cells. While previous studies have shown that the benefits of the other chocolate treat cough, lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke. But be careful, the chocolate can also stimulate enkephalin, a peptide that naturally trigger excessive chocolate consumption.