What if we told you that some of your favourite indulgence, such as coffee, dark chocolate and wine, keep your brain healthy and even make you smarter? Well, it's true!
You already know that a wholesome diet is the cornerstone of good health - think a wide variety of foods, including dark green, red and orange vegetables, whole fruits and proteins like meat.
However, certain foods aren't just healthy for your entire body - they also give your brain an extra boost. Coffee, dark chocolate and wine are three of such foods. Let's take a closer look.
These delicious indulgences keep your brain healthy and make you smarter
A double-blind study from John Hopkins University studied non-coffee drinkers and found that drinking the beverage after a learning session boosted their short-term memory. What’s more, two studies published in Psychopharmacology
found that coffee improved the overall cognitive function and attention span of older adults.
Another study, this one published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
, found that drinking three to five cups of coffee per day for 21 years lowered the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
by 65% in seniors.
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A review of studies published in Frontiers in Nutrition
found that cocoa beans are packed with flavanols, a class of compounds that has brain-boosting properties. A number of randomised controlled trials have found that the flavanols in cocoa has a beneficial effect on brain function.
The review also found that in the elderly, factors such as working memory, attention, processing speed and verbal fluency greatly improved after eating cocoa. The benefits were most pronounced in those with mild cognitive impairments.
A study conducted by University of Illinois researchers found that men who relaxed with one or two glasses of wine were better at solving brain teasers than those who didn’t drink. The study found that the wine-drinkers answered more questions correctly than non-drinkers and were also quicker than their sober counterparts.
The amount of wine found to boost creative problem solving was the equivalent of two medium glasses.
Who would’ve guessed that coffee, dark chocolate and wine is good for your brain?
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