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Why We Remember Days with Wine and Chocolate

Protect Your Brain with Things You LoveNew research links moderate consumption of wine, chocolate, and tea with improved cognitive function and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In this study, Oxford researchers working with colleagues in Norway examined the relationship between cognitive performance and the intake of these three common foodstuffs in 2,031 adults, ages 70 to 74, who were questioned about their habitual diet before undergoing a series of cognitive tests. The results showed that those who regularly consumed chocolate, wine, or tea had significantly better test scores than those who did not. The researchers attribute the benefit to a class of micronutrients called polyphenols and their nutrient subclass, flavonoids, pointing out that tea, red wine, and cocoa are our major dietary sources of these nutrients that help protect our brain. (University of Oxford, Dec. 2008)Plums Flex Their Antioxidant MusclePlainly, “blueberries have some stiff competition,” says Dr. Luis Cisneros, an AgriLife Research food scientist, who with a colleague compared various summer fruits to assess …

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