Although excessive drinking is linked to an increased risk of dementia, decades of observational studies have indicated that moderate drinking — defined as no more than one drink a day for women and two for men — has few ill effects. (A drink equals 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer.) However, a recent British study seems to have bad news for moderate drinkers, indicating that even moderate drinking is associated with shrinkage in areas of the brain involved in cognition and learning. (July 14, 2017)
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Food for Thought: Chocolate and Your Brain
Adding dark chocolate to your daily diet could benefit your brain, according to Italian researchers. “Regular intake of cocoa and chocolate could indeed provide beneficial effects on cognitive functioning over time,” said researchers from the University of L’Aquila in Italy. Studies have found that the cocoa bean is a rich source of flavanols, a class of natural compounds that can have neuroprotective effects.
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