Alzheimer’s is a huge epidemic in America with more than 5 million people suffering from it. Researchers expect that by 2050 the number will increase from 5 million to 16 million. Researchers are trying to determine a way to stop the spread of Alzheimer’s, to find a way to cancel it out completely. Researchers in New York City at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are working to do just that.
The cocoa extract called lavado is being shown to reduce block damage to nerve pathways found in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s. Dr. Giulio Maria Pasinetti who is a professor of neurology at the school has been studying the effects that cocoa has against Alzheimer’s.
This particular cocoa extract is particularly high in polyphenols a great antioxidant that can also be found in many fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants that are found in cocoa can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. The study was tested to see if cocoa could in fact decrease the disease progressing in people.
The researchers used mice and they mimicked what Alzheimer’s would be like in humans. Their findings were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The extraordinary evidence that they found in the study was that the cocoa reduced the damage to nerve pathways in the mice. This extract will pave the wave for drugs to be implemented in order to help people with Alzheimer’s. Not only that but it can also be used as a preventative measure.
So what does this mean for the future of Alzheimer’s?
The reality is that the cocoa extract may hold huge potential for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s. The idea is to make a drug that reduces the damage to the synapses which can then prevent Alzheimer’s from happening entirely. Although they have further studies to be done on the extract they truly believe it’s the wave of the future. Researchers are looking into whether or not the extract can be put into a dietary supplement that is easy accessible and inexpensive for people.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston suggested that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day can actually prevent memory decline. Studies also show that dark chocolate is great for preventing heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
There are many ways in which cocoa can benefit your life and although the research isn’t meant to suggest that you should eat a ton of chocolate there are obvious benefits to incorporate a moderate dose of chocolate in your diet.