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Dark chocolate could reduce heart disease risk, says study

Dark chocolate could reduce heart disease risk, says study | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Cocoa compounds found in dark chocolate can reduce blood pressure in the short term and could help guard against cardiovascular disease, according to a recently released study.
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Study Shows Chocolate Prevents Colon Cancer

Study Shows Chocolate Prevents Colon Cancer | Longevity science | Scoop.it

It is not a definitive  prevention and more research is needed to elucidate the health benefits. However, chocolate (the purer the better) may help keep the colon healthier.

 

"Chocolate is rich in a particular variety of plant polyphenols which are powerful natural antioxidants. Though many plant foods contain polyphenols, chocolate seems to have particular potent health-promoting and disease fighting effects. These compounds include procyanidins, catechins and epicatec...

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Epicatechin ingested via cocoa products reduc... [Am J Clin Nutr. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

Epicatechin ingested via cocoa products reduc... [Am J Clin Nutr. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Four meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials showed that cocoa consumption can reduce systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP).


This review examined the consistent connection with respect to epicatechin (flavanol found in cocoa).

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