Monday, October 25, 2010

Taken from RealAge Tips

Increase Brain Blood 

Flow with This 

Chocolaty Treat

Indulge in this chocolaty cold-weather
treat to give your brain a boost on family
Scrabble night:
hot cocoa.
Yep, research shows that enjoying a
couple of cups may help boost blood
flow in your brain by about 10 percent.
All the better for clearing up brain fog and
reducing your risk of dementia, too.
Go with the Flow
Think of your blood vessels as nutrient
superhighways, delivering oxygen and
other critical supplies to your muscles
and organs -- including your brain. And
blood vessels work best when they're
wide and relaxed, allowing oxygen and
nutrients to go where they need to go.
That's where chocolate comes in. Flavonols
found in chocolate increase blood flow by
helping your blood vessels relax.
Brain Boost
Scientists think flavonol-rich cocoas help
blood vessels relax by lifting levels of nitric
oxide, a compound that makes blood vessels
dilate. Blood-vessel-friendly flavonols are also
found in tea and red wine. In the recent study,
older adults consumed a couple of servings of
cocoa every day for 2 weeks to get the 10 percent
boost in blood flow to the brain. Looking for more
ways to stay sharp? Try these tricks:

RealAge Benefit:

Getting 31 milligrams of flavonoids a day can
make your RealAge 3.2 years younger.
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References
Published on 10/25/2010
Cerebral blood flow response to flavanol-rich cocoa in healthy elderly humans. Sorond, F. A. et al., Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment2008 Apr;4(2):433-440.


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Hot Chocolate
What most kids consider hot chocolate isn't remotely close to what grandma used to provide after a day of sledding. Thankfully, we have found a company that puts the same love and care into making cocoa goodness.With eight different cocoa flavors and sampler packs to choose from, Lake Champlain Chocolates in Vermont will make you feel like a kid again.



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