Chocolate is not generally considered to be a healthful food. However, chocolate contains nutrients that could be used to maintain brain health and prevent age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent review paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Polyphenols are the micronutrients in question, and these are found in large quantities in cocoa extracts.

Research has suggested that chocolate and cocoa could reduce the risk of heart disease. In particular, polyphenols known as flavanols have been demonstrated to have antioxidant effects that reduce cell damage caused by heart disease, while also having blood thinning properties.

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