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I'm a functional nutritional therapy practitioner, restorative wellness practitioner, certified holistic health coach, and educator. I inspire individuals to take back their health with real food so they can finally get to the root cause of dysfunction and restore wellness within themselves. I reside in Boise, Idaho where I enjoy spending time outdoors, drinking copious amounts of tea, cuddling with cats, and reading good books. 

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Good News for Chocolate Lovers

This news comes to you just in time for the holidays. You're welcome.

If you love chocolate, you're in luck. Another study was released recently that touts the cognitive benefits of cocoa flavanols. These flavanols are found in natural dark chocolate, so please don't rush out and buy a Hershey's bar or anything similar to that.

Flavanols are found in many colorful fruits and vegetables, but they are particularly rich in cocoa . They have been shown to improve vascular function, which includes brain vasculature for boosted cognitive performance.

The study looked at the positive effects of the flavanols on healthy individuals who were non-smokers with no known brain, heart, vascular or respiratory diseases. The results of the study found that cocoa flavanols have a positive effect on healthy brains when cognitive performance is tested before and after the ingestion of the cocoa flavanols.

Test performance was boosted with the cocoa flavanols as well. So it may benefit children and young adults to consume some dark chocolate before challenging testing situations. Of course, as always, this may not benefit all due to bioindividuality. Some individuals are sensitive to chocolate, its flavanols or other compounds. So please be aware of individual needs.

Here are a few chocolate recipes for you to try out to get some added flavanols for cognitive performance.

Keep in mind that these chocolate recipes are great holiday treats. However, I recommend watching your sugar intake and not overindulging too much. But after the year we've had in 2020, you deserve a chocolatey, cognitive boosting treat. Enjoy!


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