In the past week, a new drug has become available in the United Kingdom that claims to reduce the risk of dementia, heart attacks, and strokes. This medication, BloodFlow+, is made from chocolate!
As discussed previously on the blog, chocolate is known to increase brain power, & it is the high levels of flavanols in raw cocoa that provide this boost. It is recommended that we ensure the chocolate we consume contains at least 70% cocoa and is low in sugar as sugar has been said to disrupt brain function – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/07/24/sugar-brain-function.aspx
Since dairy has also been shown to increase the risk of developing dementia, http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/scientists-point-to-link-between-dairy-foods-and-dementia-1-746651, it makes sense that if we are to eat our super healthy, flavanol-rich chocolate, it is also wise to choose dairy-free options. This way we can boost our own health without harming the health and well-being of other sentient creatures.
BloodFlow+ provides an efficient supply of flavanols through the cocoa it contains, but also contains gelatine, making it unsuitable for vegetarians and vegans. Therefore the best option for those of us that choose to lead a cruelty-free lifestyle, would be to stick with a vegan, flavanol-rich chocolate to get our fill of these super little nutrients!
There are some awesome vegan, cocoa-rich chocolates to choose from out there, which is your favourite :)?