July 6, 2015
A recent study was done to examine the acute effects of chocolate on attentional characteristics of the brain. Results showed that eating 60% cacao chocolate made the brain more alert and attentive, but it also increased blood pressure for a short time. However, an immediate drop in blood pressure was recorded in participants who consumed 60% cacao chocolate that also contained L-theanine (an amino acid analogue found in green tea). Promising results in lowering blood pressure and increase in attention when cacao chocolate contains L-theanine.
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Diane Silverman R.Ph.
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