Chocolate, Brain Boosters

Now you have a reason to indulge in that last piece of that afternoon chocolate you have been saving since morning. Dark Chocolate might be providing a good amount of boost to your brain, immune system, and your eyes. This week, researchers came with three new studies regarding this topic where they praised the delectable treat.

The lucky volunteers who participated in this research were allowed to eat one dark chocolate bar of about 1.5 ounces, and their brain waves were examined with the E.E.G machine. Researchers reported having examined an increase in the gamma waves 30 minutes after consuming the chocolate.

Dr Lee Burk, the principal investigator of this research and study, explained that “gamma frequency is associated with Neuro-synchronization, in other words, neuro-plasticity is the highest level of cognitive processing.” Neuro-plasticity describes the ability of the brain to connect the thoughts and ideas efficiently.

Scientists think that the gamma waves are the signal sent by the brains that signify that your nerve cells are firing on all the cylinders. The gamma rays can talk to each other in a way that leads to proper functioning of the memory and optimum learning.

In a different study, Burk examined how dark chocolate impacts the immune system. The participants were again allowed to eat the dark chocolate bar, and the scientists researched the blood work for the next one week. They came across an increase in the anti-inflammatory markers as well as an increase in the number of T cells, the infection-fighting cells in the body. Researchers and Burk found that these findings are efficient for immunity boosting.

It is crucial to understand that both of these researchers are done on a small scale with only 10 participants. These researchers were presented at the scientific meeting and not published in any of the journals which certainly mean that these studies are not highly scrutinized in any way or peer-reviewed before they were disclosed.

The most important thing to notice in the volunteers is that there was an improvement marked in the contrast sensitivity which means the ability to tell the difference between the low light or high-light settings. In real life, contrast sensitivity only works during night time. It is not sure that dark chocolate does affect vision, but the authors think that it certainly affects the blood vessels in the eye to a great extent.


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