To arrive at their conclusions, the authors randomized 90 individuals w/MCI to high (990mg), intermediate (520mg), or low (45mg) flavanol drink daily. After 2 months, insulin resistance & blood pressure improved in those randomized to high & intermediate amounts of flavanols daily compared to the low amount. While there was no change/improvement in Folstein's Mini-Mental State Examination, Trail Making Test A & Trailing Making Test B (Trails A&B) results improved in those randomized to high & intermediate amounts of flavanol daily compared to low amount. In verbal fluency, those randomized to high flavanols improved their scores compared to those randomized to low flavanol amounts.
So what are we to make of this study? Well, let's remember that the trial only lasted 8 weeks such that it's impossible to determine or even guess long-term outcomes & safety. On other hand, cocoa flavanols should be substantially less expensive than any other prescription medication approved for AD. More telling is that for the price of one daily injection of Egrifta, one can probably purchase enough dark chocolate/cocoa to last a month. Follow @alvinblin