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Chocolate compound restores age-related memory loss
Chocolate compound restores age-related memory loss

The good stuff in chocolate brings not only good cheer and improved blood flow: A new study suggests it may have the power to turn back the clock on age-related memory loss. In research that will need to be replicated by larger trials, a concentrated daily dose of epicatechin, a compound derived from the cocoa bean, made a typical 60-year-old's memory perform more like that of a 30- or 40-year-old. A small trial set out to explore the effect of dietary "flavanols" on the dentate gyrus, a structure in that brain's hippocampal region that plays a critical role in certain kinds of memory. The dentate gyrus becomes notably less active and less effective with normal...

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