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Studies in this video:

Messerli FH: Chocolate consumption, cognitive function, and Nobel laureates. N Engl J Med 2012, 376:1562--1564. pdf:

Sorond, FA, et al. "Neurovascular coupling, cerebral white matter integrity, and response to cocoa in older people." Neurology 81.10 (2013): 904-909. [$]

Other studies of interest:

Fisher, Naomi DL, Farzaneh A. Sorond, and Norman K. Hollenberg. "Cocoa flavanols and brain perfusion." Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology 47 (2006): S210-S214. [$]

Kayser: Editors' pick: Christmas is coming - time for chocolate to get ready for your Nobel Prize. Investigative Genetics 2012 3:23. pdf:

Nurk E, Refsum H, Drevon CA, Tell GS, Nygaard HA, Engedal K, Smith AD:
Intake of flavonoid-rich wine, tea, and chocolate by elderly men and women is associated with better cognitive test performance. J Nutr 2009, 139:120--127. Full text:

Sorond, Farzaneh A., et al. "Cerebral blood flow response to flavanol-rich cocoa in healthy elderly humans." Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment 4.2 (2008): 433. Full text:


Chocolate chip cookie: Wikimedia
Brain: Brown University

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