• 20+

    Years of Scientific Research

  • 150+

    Published Scientific Papers

  • 30+

    Clinical Studies with Leading Research Institutions


    21,000 healthy adults. Studied over 5 years

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.Clinical studies show that taking high levels of cocoa flavanols daily – like you get with CocoaVia™ cocoa extract supplements –can improve your memory, support your cardiovascular health, and provide other health-boosting benefits. Here are some highlights.

The Cocoa Supplement & Multivitamin Outcomes Study

  • Largest study on a bioactive 
  • COSMOS Investigates whether cocoa extract supplementation or multivitamins can have a long-term benefit on health as we age
  • Initiated and led by Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School
  • Randomized, doubled-blinded, placebo controlled – the gold standard in research

Heart Health Studies

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Improved Blood Vessel Function

Research in a heart health study showed that healthy adults between the ages of 35 and 60 who consumed about 400 mg of cocoa flavanols twice daily for one month experienced a 21% increase in blood vessel function.*

Healthy Blood Pressure

A daily intake of cocoa flavanols was shown to support healthy blood pressure levels even in healthy adults.*

Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Healthy adults who included cocoa flavanols in their diet daily for 4 weeks also experienced healthy cholesterol levels relative to those who didn’t consume them.

*Sansone et al. 2015 British Journal of Nutrition , Volume 114 , Issue 8, 28 October 2015 , pp. 1246 - 1255

Memory Studies

Over 10 Years of Memory Research

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Can cocoa flavanols help you remember names?

After taking about 750 mg of cocoa flavanols daily for 8-12 weeks, the amount in CocoaVia™ Memory+, study participants experienced a 31% improvement in word recall and were able to complete a brain test an average of 21% faster.

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Sometimes forget the way?

Research showed that in just three months, healthy adults who took ~750mg of cocoa flavanols were able to complete spatial memory tasks 24% faster compared to the control group.

Those who took ~750mg of cocoa flavanols also had 62% more blood flowing to the parts of the brain associated with age-related memory loss than they did before the study began.

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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.

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Still not sure if cocoa flavanol supplements are right for you? Read the research and discover what scientific data continues to reveal: cocoa flavanols can positively impact your health from head to toe.