Scientific Research

The scientists at Mars, Incorporated, in collaboration with leading scientists and universities around the globe have been studying cocoa flavanols for over 20 years, resulting in over 150 scientific papers – making it one of the most highly-researched plant-based nutrients in the world.

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Word Recall

Retrieving names, words, and phrases

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Spatial Memory

Finding your phone, or where you left your keys

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Long-Term Memory

Recalling moments that took place years (or decades) ago

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Heart Health

Cocoa flavanols are proven to support heart health

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Increased Word Recall

Are you often asking yourself “…what was their name again?”

31% Improvement | 8 Weeks

In a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, healthy adults who took ~750mg of cocoa flavanols daily for 8 weeks improved their word recall by 31%. You might never need to peek at a name tag again!

Spatial Memory

Often forgetting the way?

24% Faster | 12 Weeks

In a study conducted by Columbia University, participants took either ~750mg or ~30mg (control group) of cocoa flavanols. They were given a memory test at the beginning and after a 12-week period. Participants in the ~750mg cocoa flavanol group performed the memory test 24% faster than the control group. Just think, you’ll be turning the ignition in no time!

Long-Term Memory

Recalling moments that took place years (or decades) ago

Cognition and Diet

Scientists at Columbia University studied the role of diet on cognitive performance, including memory, and whether adding cocoa flavanols to their normal diet could help support memory.

  • The effects of cocoa flavanols on memory were greater in people with less healthy diets.
  • List learning is a task linked to long-term memory.
  • Those in the high flavanol group, and had a low diet quality, remembered 14% more words in a list learning test than the control group after 12 weeks.

Heart Health

Cocoa flavanols are proven to support heart health

21% Increase | Blood Vessel Health

Daily consumption of cocoa flavanols can help promote optimal heart health and keep your entire cardiovascular system strong.

  • Healthy Blood Pressure
  • Healthy Cholesterol Levels

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It’s hard to narrow down the hundreds of studies showing the positive impact cocoa flavanols can have on the brain, heart, and body, but here are a few that especially shine.

Brain Health

Your brain requires the constant replenishment of oxygen and nutrients in order to perform at its best.

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Heart Health

Your cardiovascular system is a crucial part of your health, and it involves much more than just your heart.

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Overall Health

Cocoa flavanols can work to keep your whole body healthy – from the surface of your skin to the microbes in your gut.

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