Can Dark Chocolate Help with Math Homework?

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By JustMommies staff

In moderate amounts, the anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate has several health benefits, including lowering high blood pressure. Now, British scientists say it may even help with Math!

LiveScience reported on a recent U.K. study, where test groups that were given flavanols (an ingredient found in dark chocolate) outperformed others in simple math tests - like counting backwards.

The possible reason? Flavanols increase blood flow to the brain. The U.K. study lead from Northumbria University, Professor David Kennedy, was quoted in The Telegraph explaining the reason for the results: "For things that are difficult to do, mentally demanding things that maybe crop up in your work it could help."

The subjects in the study, given a cocoa drink with 500mg. of flavanols, also reported they were less tired doing such tasks over a period of time.

Learn more: http://www.livescience.com/health/090403-chocolate-mind.html

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