Stressful events in life, such as the death of a child, divorce or being fired, can age the brain by at least four years, US researchers suggests. They looked at performance in memory and thinking tests of 1,300 people in their 50s to gauge brain health. The study did not look at the risk of dementia and experts said there could be many different factors at play. (July 17, 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.
Source: Science Daily
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