Can Red Wine And Chocolate Make You Smarter?

Wine and chocolate top many women's lists of indulgences, mine included. But a new study reveals that these indulgences don't have to be vices. According to the research, polyphenols, plant chemicals abundant in dark chocolate and red wines, widen blood vessels, speeding the supply of blood to the brain. This provides an increase of oxygen and sugars in the brain, which results in making the task of completing complex calculations easier and quicker. However, researches point out that it is older people who benefit most from polyphenols. Young volunteers who participated in the study didn't report significant changes in their mental capacity.

We were particularly pleased to learn that it is thought that polyphenols are more effective together than individually. Therefore enjoying some chocolates with your glass of Merlot may actually be beneficial to your health. But make sure the chocolates are dark, the nutritional benefits are not the same for milk and white chocolate. Cheers.

4 Comments
  • inthemood
    Posted on

    no wonder I'm a genius....LOL

  • Richard Baxter
    Posted on

    This study provides additional confirmation of the role of polyphenols in health, but there are a few important points. First, polyphenols work best together, so the notion that all of red wine's benefits can be attributed to one or two compounds (such as resveratrol) is not supported. Second, the process of making milk chocolate does remove many of the polyphenols so minimally processed dark chocolate is much better. The data from this study meshes very well with the well-documented fact that lifelong wine drinkers experience less decline in cognitive abilities as they age.

  • Jc from NYC
    Posted on

    Does the process of making milk chocolate destroy the polyphenols in cocoa?

  • Posted on

    If so, after 45 years of consumption I should be a Genius by now....LOL

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