Relax & Enjoy, It’s True. Chocolate & Wine improve memory, and brain function.

Let’s start with Chocolate

The love for chocolate is widespread and ancient.  Many studies show that the flavanol found in dark chocolate may improve brain function and increases short term memory and general alertness.  It also helps to slow the effects of aging, and help those suffering from sleep deprivation.

Dark Chocolate Can Also…

  • Kick on the pleasure sensors when it increases endorphins
  • Contain serotonin in Dark Chocolate, it acts as an anti-depressant
  • Reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure
  • Reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) by up to 10 percent

What can wine do?

Moderate alcohol consumption raises levels of healthy high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Alcohol also lowers our cells’ resistance to insulin, allowing it to lower blood sugar more effectively. Insulin resistance has been linked to dementia.  Although, when it comes to memory, a sure way to start forgetting is to drink too much alcohol and too often.

are finding that what’s good for the heart is linked to what is good for the memory.  Wine in moderation is one of those foods considered good for the heart. So, what is moderate wine consumption?  Generally it is considered one glass a day

Should you use chocolate and wine as a food supplement for good health?

It’s vital to remember that the quality of food produced can vary greatly from one manufacturer or grower to another.  Since each person needs and tolerances are unique, there is no one prescription that will fit everyone the same when it comes to chocolate and wine consumption.  That’s true for any healthily diet.  Our food therapy programs cover the specifics of what foods are best for you as an individual.

The Recipe

Here is a quick recipe – a recipe for an enjoyable relaxing evening with chocolate and wine, provided you do not have any known allergies or issues with chocolate, wine or alcohol.
Simply grab your favorite chocolate: organic and dark is always best, and your favorite wine, (you can find organic wine at ABC, as well if you like), and find someone with whom talking and share company helps you to de-stress and relax.  Grab a good spot and watch the sunset together, or spend an hour looking out over your favorite body of water or other scenic setting.  Just relax, enjoy and savor the moment.  Now you may enjoy that glass of wine with a nibble of chocolate.  Cheers.

Best in health, 
David Bibbey OM