Real Chocolate is a Memory Booster

I have always believed that there are things you can do to protect your memory as you age and now here is a post from Dr. Mitchell Gaynor that proves it.

cocoa reverses memory lossYes eating high quality chocolate every day can have an amazing effect on your memory.

Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, an integrative oncologist, is what I call a “game changing” doctor. A doctor who is thinking outside the standard “medical box” to bring his patients and now the world new information on how to slow aging, and how to prevent and get well from serious diseases.

Dr. Gaynor believes that “The revolution in health and wellness is that the most incredible medicine is edible. Pure foods, spices and herbs filled with phytonutrients can literally upgrade the body’s software which is our DNA.”

The Gene Therapy Plan

I can’t wait to read his next book, The Gene Therapy Plan – Taking Control of your Genetic Destiny Through Diet and Lifestyle” (due in April, 2015, from Viking Press with a Forward by Dr. Mehmet Oz) .

I have always believed that our health is not totally determined by our genes.

Dr. Gaynor’s newest book provides a revolutionary approach to reverse gene damage associated with aging, cancer, obesity, and diabetes and to prevent future gene deterioration with specific programs that are appropriate for anyone who wants to maximize longevity for themselves, their children and future generations.

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Cocoa May Reverse Memory Decline by Dr. Mitchell Gaynor

It’s normal for most people to experience a modest decline in memory as they get older. In your fifties and sixties, you may find yourself forgetting, say, where you put your keys or the name of someone you just met at a party the week before.

And that experience can be frustrating. (Though it should be noted that age-related memory decline is not the same thing as Alzheimer’s disease, which is a much more severe and serious condition.)

Well, I have some good news for you. New research published in Nature Neuroscience finds that ingredients in cocoa called flavanols may help prevent your memories from slipping away as you reach your golden years.

For the study, scientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) gave 37 healthy volunteers, ages 50 to 69, a drink that was specially made with extracted cocoa flavanols. The participants drank either 900 milligrams of flavanols each day (the high-flavanol group) or 10 milligrams of flavanols each day (the low-flavanol group) for three months.

Before and after the dietary changes, scientists performed brain imaging on each participant and administered memory tests. The “high flavanol” group had significantly better results on the memory test, and the brain imaging results showed better brain function in that group. Senior study author Scott A. Small, M.D., the Boris and Rose Katz Professor of Neurology and the director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Taub Institute at CUMC put it this way to ScienceDaily: “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.” These preliminary findings are promising, and the study authors hope to replicate them in a larger study.

Since you can’t buy the exact beverage that the researchers used in the study, where can you find flavanols? Beyond cocoa powder (tip: “natural” cocoa powder tends to contain the most flavanols), you can find flavanols in green tea, as well as fruits like apples, pomegranates, blackberries and red grapes. You can also consume flavanols through a supplement, such as CocoaVia or CocoaWell. With these, you can either swallow a capsule or sprinkle a packet of powder into a food or beverage (such as oatmeal, yogurt, milk or coffee) for a chocolate-y kick. CocoaWell also comes in bar form.

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