Make Your Brain 30 Years Younger?!?
Dear Living Well Daily Reader,
Remember when you could finish the newspaper crossword puzzle in less than an hour… or answer those Jeopardy! questions before the contestants buzzed in?
But these days you’re lucky to keep the grandkids’ birthdays straight.
And what’s more worrisome — it seems like you’re memory is only getting worse.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Because Ivy League researchers have found a simple way to make your brain feel 20 or even 30 years younger.
And all you have to do is eat a “forbidden” food you probably gave up ages ago.
Researchers from the Columbia University School of Medicine have found that a special compound in cocoa… that’s right, delicious real CHOCOLATE… may be able to roll back the odometer on your brain.
Cocoa is rich in healthy flavanols, compounds that have been shown to benefit both your brain and your heart.
For this latest, three-month study, Columbia researchers asked 37 middle-aged and senior volunteers to consume a drink every day that contained up to 900 mg of cocoa flavanols.
And these flavanols were like a fountain of youth for the brain.
By the end of the study, the volunteers’ brains looked healthier on scans, and they were performing better on memory tests.
“If a participant had the memory of a typical 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, after three months, that person on average had the memory of a typical 30- or 40-year-old,” said lead researcher Dr. Scott A. Small.
A brain that feels 30 years younger in just 90 days? From drinking chocolate? Sign me up!
Now, of course, you can get flavanols from eating chocolate. But to hit the 900 mg used in the study, you’d have to chow down on an awful lot of chocolate bars.
But the good news is that you can buy cocoa flavanol supplements, so you don’t have to worry about all that sugar or calories.
Just go to www.cocoavia.com and search “flavanols.”
Managing editor, Living Well Daily
Written By Natalie Moore
Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.
View More Free Articles
When someone you love is battling Alzheimer’s, it’s heartbreaking. You want to do everything possible to ensure they live the happiest and most fulfilled life possible. And yet, all too often, you’re left feeling helpless in the face of overwhelming symptoms that threaten to destroy their quality of life. One of the MOST disturbing for...
“Why does chemo also destroy good cells?” Martha from Kansas City, MO Hi Martha, We tend to think of “chemotherapy” as a single treatment. But the truth is, there are various types of chemotherapies. And they work in different ways. In general, chemotherapy destroys healthy cells, not just the cancerous ones, because it’s a non-specific or...
Ginseng is the very definition of an “ancient cure.” In fact, you can find the potent herb mentioned in 2,000-year-old Chinese books as a treatment for a wide range of illnesses. But what’s made ginseng stand the test of time… remaining nearly as popular TODAY as it was hundreds of years ago… is its apparent...
After every meal, millions of Americans pop a pill. Folks are convinced that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec or Nexium are necessary to head off heartburn. But what these drugs REALLY do is liable to shock you. To begin with, they block your body from properly digesting your food. But that’s just the...
Once you pass a certain age, the medical ads start haunting you. You find them shoved into your mailbox. Then they show up in your email. And you even start spotting them hovering in the corner of every website you visit. It seems EVERYONE is trying to sell you a drug to relieve your arthritis...
Our healthcare system has a fatal flaw. It’s set up to react to illness, NOT prevent it. So, doctors are stuck in a losing game of whack-a-mole. They spend all their energy and time scrambling to knock down symptoms. That means prescriptions for preventative care are virtually nonexistent. And that’s certainly the case with memory...
I was in a small grocery store in the mountains recently, and noticed that they had bone broth for sale. I thought, “Wow, we’ve come a long way!” And that’s a good thing. Here’s why… Bone broth used to be nearly impossible to find in modern-day grocery stores. But to eke out as much nutritional...
You can’t turn on the T.V. or flip through a newspaper anymore without seeing a new drug breakthrough they claim will FINALLY rid humanity of our aging brain issues. These medicines hit the market promising miracles. But it typically isn’t long before we start seeing their dark side. Meanwhile, a safe, natural remedy to boost...
“We’ve unfortunately had to put my 90-year-old mother in a home. I’m so worried she’s going to get sick (especially with COVID still around). Is there anything I can do to help protect her?” Sam from Prattville, AL Hi Sam, Your situation sounds familiar. My father is in a senior living center with about 300...
You have five primary senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. (The sixth one doesn’t count. Only your Aunt Mable claims that one.) But you’ve likely noticed that only your sight and hearing get tested when you visit the doctor. Your senses of taste, touch, and smell are almost entirely ignored. And ignoring one of...