Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chocolate and Cognitive Function

Chocolate Consumption, Cognitive Function, and Nobel Laureates
N Engl J Med 2012; 367:1562-1564October 18, 2012
This is the sort of research I like
The article is available at: 
Dietary flavonoids are abundant in plant-based foods including cocoa and chocolate. They have been shown to improve cognitive function, including a reduction in the risk of dementia, better performance on some cognitive tests, and improved cognitive function in elderly patients.
This study correlated national chocolate consumption with the number of Nobel Laureates each country has produced per 10 million of population.
The results speak for themselves
Chocolate consumption enhances cognitive function, and good cognitive function must help in winning the Nobel Prize. Consumption closely correlates with the number of Nobel laureates in each country.
It remains to be determined whether the consumption of chocolate is the underlying mechanism for the observed association with improved cognitive function and Nobel prize prospects, but in the meantime I’m taking no chances.

HT: Mike South



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