Okay – this is sooo far off topic that it might well annoy some people (although this is Cafe UE and you can buy hot chocolate in a cafe :)
Anyway, I am sure there must be many people who have relatives/friends struggling with Alzheimer’s and its devastating effects on everyone.
So I just wanted to pass along the news that the Alzheimer’s society in USA (so not a crackpot organisation) is excited about research which suggests that lavado cocoa can prevent – and might even help to alleviate existing symptoms – of dementia.
The problem I have found is in tracking down lavado cocoa – it is not a specific type of cocoa bean/powder – rather, it is the process it has gone through. To be Lavado and have the best effect, it should not have gone through the usual fermenting processes. That said, any good dark cocoa powder should have some benefits – and any plain chocolate bar (min 70% cocoa solids) is being recommended too.
Just thought people might want to pass this on – or google to get more info.
We have bought some organic cocoa powder – for a relative with Alzheimer’s – although the supplier is being reticent about whether it has been fermented. We have tried coconut oil in the past since some claimed it helps – but that wasn’t promoted by Alzheimer’s organisations. Not sure if it does help but she seems to have taken quite a lot longer than some sufferers to progress to next stage.
The scientists say adding milk to the cocoa drink reduces the beneficial effects and it’s proving difficult for us to produce something drinkable without milk since it is rather bitter, even with sugar added.
There is talk of finding a way to produce some type of supplement with the good stuff from cocoa beans and they really do seem to think it can prevent the brain “clumping” associated with dementia – and they claim it might help to reduce clogging of arteries too.
I’ve not heard of that before, however the suggestion that one should eat chocolate, even plain chocolate, I don’t think you’ll find many complaints on that one!
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