Is there nothing that chocolate can't do? Not only is it the go-to sweet during a PMS or pregnancy craving for many women, but the list of its healthy benefits grows every day.
Yesterday, a study came out showing that one of its chemical nutrients, resveratrol, could halt Alzheimer's. Today, another study underlines the strong evidence that the micronutrients found in cocoa can actually prevent age-related dementia--and promote brain health.
Countless studies done on animals have shown that cocoa's chemical compounds can slow, and sometimes even prevent, the buildup of the toxic proteins that are responsible for the loss of cognitive functions, including Alzheimer's. This is on top of chocolate's other beneficial properties, including lowering blood pressure, improving mood, trimming belly fat, and protecting against heart disease.
The bad news here is that supplies of cocoa plants are dwindling, a combination of climate change and disease. So scientists are calling for countries and companies to band together to regulate cocoa production, and establish uniform standards for manufacturing chocolate so its healthful properties can be enjoyed by everyone.