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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Want better cognitive function? Cocoa Flavanoids could be your answer.

Recently, studies have been conducted regarding cocoa flavanols and their effect on the body and mind. One common misconception that people have is that these valuable items can be gained simply from consuming dark chocolate. Sadly, this is not true and while dark chocolate can taste fantastic, it is actually cocoa flavanols that are good for you and they are not found at the level needed in dark chocolate in order for them to be beneficial.

What are Cocoa Flavanols?

Currently, there is a strong case being made by scientists and nutritionists everywhere encouraging us all to eat more fruits and vegetables. The reason for this increased encouragement? It is believed that many of the elements that help to keep plants healthy can also keep humans healthy as well.

Flavanols are naturally occurring and can be found in a number of items like cherries, teas, chocolate, apples and grapes. However, cocoa flavanols are unique and the exact combinations of nutrients that are found in these types are not found anywhere else in nature.
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