Chocolate and the brain: Neurobiological impact of cocoa flavanols on cognition and behavior

@article{Sokolov2013ChocolateAT,
  title={Chocolate and the brain: Neurobiological impact of cocoa flavanols on cognition and behavior},
  author={A. Sokolov and M. Pavlova and S. Klosterhalfen and P. Enck},
  journal={Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews},
  year={2013},
  volume={37},
  pages={2445-2453}
}
Cocoa products and chocolate have recently been recognized as a rich source of flavonoids, mainly flavanols, potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents with established benefits for cardiovascular health but largely unproven effects on neurocognition and behavior. In this review, we focus on neuromodulatory and neuroprotective actions of cocoa flavanols in humans. The absorbed flavonoids penetrate and accumulate in the brain regions involved in learning and memory, especially the… Expand
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