Is it settled? Vitamins beat cocoa to keep older minds sharp in a study
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Is it settled? Vitamins beat cocoa to keep older minds sharp in a study

Adam Ghellache
Adam Ghellache

In 10 seconds? Earlier research touted a specific cocoa extract as being able to cut brain damage that leads to Alzheimer's disease, the most common type of dementia. However, a longitudinal study has found that the consumption of multivitamins has a greater effect on protecting global cognition in older adults.

Why would you compare multivitamins to cocoa extract? With dementia affecting more than 46 million people worldwide since 2015, there is a crucial need to identify accessible and affordable ways we can delay the onset of this condition. Unprocessed cocoa has drawn attention for containing high levels of flavanols, a naturally-occurring compound that has been associated with improved vascular health, including improving blood flow in the brain.

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