Calculators, peachy folders, and back to school eye exams, oh my. If you’re feeling stressed about sending the kids to school this fall, bust out the chocolate!
A recent study from the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience & Neurodynamics has found that the antioxidants from cocoa products can improve your vision and memory. Over the course of the study, scientists found evidence of visual and cognitive improvement as early as two and a half hours after eating cocoa flavenol rich foods, such as unsweetened dark chocolate.
Researchers found that high amounts of cocoa flavanols improved the ability to detect random movements, as well as increasing contrast sensitivity. It was also discovered that cocoa flavanols improve spatial memory and reaction time, and the author of the studies noted that “a reduction in the time required to integrate visual motion could be beneficial in time critical everyday tasks, such as driving.”
Olympia optometrist Dr. Douglas Jeske provides annual comprehensive eye exams from downtown Olympia eye clinic Vision Uniquely Experienced, where you can buy contacts or glasses and find all that you need to keep your eyes in tip top shape.