Cocoa offers more than antioxidants for Alzheimer’s protection

By Kathleen Blanchard RN on April 13, 2013 – 8:20am for eMaxHealth
Alzheimer’s Disease Current News

Scientists report cocoa in chocolate can protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s’ in ways that were previously unknown. The health benefits to the brain come from more than antioxidants, found for the first time. Coca stops brain cells and from dying at a cellular and molecular level.

The new research shows antioxidants in the cocoa and chocolate offer health protection by activating important pathways at a cellular and molecular level.

The study that comes from the Sbarro Health Research Organization, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University and the University of L’Aquila in Italy finds cocoa activates a neuroprotective pathway that has a direct effect on preventing the death of neurons – brain cells that transmit information through electrical and chemical signals.

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