Mars Inc., maker of M&M’s, Snickers and other candies, discussing with large pharmaceutical companies about developing a line of prescription medicines to treat a variety of illnesses including age-related memory loss, according to an article in the Washington Post. This could be due to cocoa-flavanol consumption. Researchers from Harvard, the UC-Davis and European universities presented papers on the relationship between cocoa-flavanol consumption and increased cerebral blood-flow.  Mars opinion is that cocoa flavanols could increase blood flow and help fight diseases such as age-related memory loss. According to Mars, several drug companies showed interest in developing drugs that use the medicinal properties of cocoa.

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