Chocolate And Milk Boost Brain Power: An Indulgent Treat From Science!

Dark chocolate has long been associated with helping to reduce blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health and even enhancing functionality during exercise, but now chocolate has been linked with boosting brain power too!

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported a strong association between a nation’s chocolate consumption and the number of Nobel Prize winners among their population. It was thought at first that the link would be traced back to the flavanoids present in the chocolate, but researcher’s pin-pointed milk as being the ingredient which increased mental agility.

If you are fit and smart or like the idea of combining physical perfection with mental agility, celebrating by treating yourself to a glass of milk and a few pieces (5-6g) of dark chocolate may not be a bad idea...

I certainly don’t need to be told twice ;).

Reference:

Linthwaite S, Fuller GN, Milk, Chocolate and Nobel Prizes, Practical Neurology, 2013, 13(1):63.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.

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