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To Improve Your Memory, Try Some Chocolate

Studying for an exam? Getting ready to make a big presentation? Trying to remember the names of all the people you’re likely to run into at your forty-year high school reunion?

Try a Hershey bar.

Or so says the New York Times, which reports that

In a small study in the journal Nature Neuroscience, healthy people, ages 50 to 69, who drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols for three months performed better on a memory test than people who drank a low-flavanol mixture.

On average, the improvement of high-flavanol drinkers meant they performed like people two to three decades younger on the study’s memory task, said Dr. Scott A. Small, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center and the study’s senior author. They performed about 25 percent better than the low-flavanol group.

chocolateThis is great news for many people, including The Curmudgeon. If it’s true, it may explain why he can remember the names of his second grade classmates, the batting average of his favorite baseball player from 1964, and – unfortunately – damn near every perceived slight he’s ever experienced.

The Curmudgeon has never needed a reason to indulge, and even overindulge, in chocolate. This is only icing on the cake.

Chocolate icing, of course.