Cocoa, as we know from numerous prior studies, is known to have a significant role in reducing heart disease. However, the potential impact of cocoa on mood has not been thoroughly investigated or studied in depth, and this study aimed to address this gap in our knowledge.
The study involved a total of 573 participants, all of whom were around the age of 70. Over the course of two years, these participants were given the cocoa supplement on a daily basis. In contrast, another group of participants was given a placebo pill (which contains no active ingredients) for the same duration. The outcome of the study was quite unexpected – the cocoa extract, contrary to popular belief, did not enhance brain function or improve mood.
The researchers concluded that individuals who maintain a poor diet, and simply add chocolate to it, can’t expect to see improvements in their mental health or brain function. They emphasized that this is an important finding that everyone should take into consideration. Additionally, they stated that for a positive mood uplift, it would be more beneficial to follow a balanced and healthy diet, one that incorporates a generous amount of fresh vegetables.