As if weight loss wasn’t good enough, a massive long-term study out of Syracuse University also found that cacao works wonders for your brain. It increases cognitive functions such as memory and abstract reasoning. The researchers even concluded that regular chocolate intake prevents against age-related brain damage. Additional research has also concluded that chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, which scientists associate with better neural function. Chocolate’s brain-boosting effects are especially prominent in the morning because, as lead researcher Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz says, that’s when your brain needs energy. The nutrients in chocolate provide that energy in a jiffy.