Chocolate improves memory: no joke!

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Who hasn’t reached for chocolate for a quick energy boost at work to get you through the end of the day or a killer task?

I well remember the copyboy (doesn’t that antiquated!) being sent down to an all-night store in central Sydney regularly to buy up chocolate for us wearying subeditors working overnights to get news from overseas packaged for brekkie broadcasts (in the days before internet). It was the stuff that kept us going.

According to scientific research recently released, people who eat chocolate at least once a week perform better on multiple cognitive tasks than those who eat chocolate less frequently.

Yes, I said BETTER!

Dr Georgina Crichton from the University of South Australia has collaborated in an international longitudinal study examining habitual chocolate intake associated with verbal and visual-spatial memory, concentration, abstract reasoning, and retention and recall of information.

“We found those who ate chocolate at least once per week (or more), performed better on multiple cognitive tasks, compared to those who ate chocolate less than once per week,” she says.

“Previous research has mostly examined the acute effects of increasing chocolate consumption on performance immediately after consuming a chocolate bar/cocoa drink. Our research has looked at habitual intakes.”

The latest research—coincidentally announced just weeks before Easter!—follows recent findings in England that middle-aged and older adults who eat 99g of chocolate a day appear to have lower rates of heart disease than those who spurn chocolate.

Of course, Dr Crichton is quick to add that her group’s findings don’t give us carte blanche to pig out on chocolate— although we may well fell less guilty! She still says chocolate intake needs to be balanced with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Eat chocolate. Drink water. And laugh lots. Medical studies around the world have shown that just 10 minutes of hearty laughter (as practised in laughter yoga) daily can dramatically strengthen the immune system and 30 minutes of laughter yoga exercises provides an immediate stress-busting boost that improves productivity, creativity and energy.

Here’s (or should that be Hersheys) to a great week!

(c) Heather Grant-Campbell aka Heather Joy 2016

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  1. Sandy Ludinski on February 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm said:

    I’m off to Coles!

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