Dark chocolate exploration: Fazer studies the effects of cocoa flavanols on seniors’ cognition

As part of the Fazer Brainhow programme, Fazer conducts a clinical trial together with Gery ry this year to study the effects of cocoa flavanols on senior citizens’ cognitive function – deepening the company’s previously gained know-how in the field of research.

In Fazer’s research and development programme Fazer Brainhow, the aim is to create a science-based understanding on the impact of nutrition, sleep, and mental and physical exercise on our cognitive performance and well-being – taking a holistic approach to brain health. As part of the programme Fazer is conducting a clinical trial this year, where the effect of cocoa flavanols on senior citizens’ cognitive function, as cocoa flavanols have been proved to have health benefits on cardiovascular and cognitive functions.

“Cocoa research is a relatively new and interesting study area in terms of nutrition and health and our aim is to contribute to the international research field. We have already previously done research on the health effects of dark chocolate, but wish to further deepen our knowledge“, explains Jussi Loponen , Head of Research from Fazer Group.

As an example, we at Fazer completed a clinical trial on dark chocolate in 2015 with the University of Helsinki evaluating the use of dark chocolate as a snack. As an outcome of the study, chocolate can be consumed as part of a balanced diet without changes in cardio-metabolic risk factors or body weight.

Invitation to participate in the study

We are looking for 65+ years old participants - If you know anyone, who would like to take part in this study, they can register by contacting Heli Salmenius-Suominen (tel. 044 241 3185) or by sending an e-mail to info@gery.fi . You can follow the clinical trial developments at our site.

For further information:

Jussi Loponen, Head of Research, Fazer Group, tel.: +358 40 732 9772

Liisa Eerola, Director, Communications, Fazer Confectionery & Fazer Group, tel.: +358 44 710 8860

Email addresses are in the form firstname.lastname@fazer.com

www.fazergroup.com/brainhow

www.forbettercocoa.com

#fazerbrainhow

#fazercocoa

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Fazer is an international family-owned company offering quality bakery, confectionery, biscuit and grain products as well as food and café services. Fazer operates in eight countries and exports to around 40 countries. Fazer’s mission is to create taste sensations. Fazer’s success, ever since its establishment in 1891, has been based on the best product and service quality, beloved brands, the passion of its skilful people and the Group’s responsible ways of working. In 2015, Fazer Group had net sales of more than 1.5 billion euros and nearly 15,000 employees. Fazer’s operations comply with ethical principles that are based on the Group’s values and the UN Global Compact.

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Fazer is an international family-owned company offering quality bakery, confectionery, biscuit and grain products as well as food and café services. Fazer operates in eight countries and exports to around 40 countries. Fazer’s mission is to create taste sensations. Fazer’s success, ever since its establishment in 1891, has been based on the best product and service quality, beloved brands, the passion of its skilful people and the Group’s responsible ways of working. In 2016, Fazer Group had net sales of 1.6 billion euros and nearly 15,000 employees. Fazer’s operations comply with ethical principles that are based on the Group’s values and the UN Global Compact. Makes the world taste good

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