A new review may provide just that. Researchers have found that cocoa flavanols could boost cognitive function within just a few hours of consumption.
Additionally, researchers found that regular, long-term intake of cocoa flavanols may protect against cognitive decline.
Flavanols are naturally occurring compounds found in various types of plants, with some of the highest levels found in the beans of the cocoa tree.
Flavanols have antioxidant properties, meaning that they have the ability to reduce the effects of cell damage caused by oxidative stress.