Health: Chocolate Reduces Markers for Arterial Hardening and Heart Attack
By Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy
October 15, 2009
Daily supplements of flavonoid-rich chocolate reduce biochemical markers of arterial hardening and heart
Daily consumption of 40 gms of antioxidant-rich chocolate powder led to reductions in inflammatory chemicals which
contribute to atherosclerosis.
Researchers recruited 42 people with an average age of 70 to either consume cocoa powder or placebo for four weeks.
After four weeks they were switched over to the other intervention group for another four weeks.
All participants were at a high risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) since they were diabetic, obese, smoked, had
high blood pressure, raised LDL or low HDL cholesterol, and had a family history of early CHD.
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Researchers state, “Our results suggest that regular consumption of nutritional doses of cocoa may have an effect
on all initial phases of the atherosclerotic process in subjects at high risk of CHD. These anti-inflammatory
effects may contribute to the overall benefits of cocoa consumption against atherosclerosis.”
Reference Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Published online ahead of print,
doi:10.3945/ajcn.2009.27716. “Effect of cocoa powder on the modulation of inflammatory biomarkers in patients at
high risk of cardiovascular disease” Authors: M. Monagas, N. Khan, C. Andres-Lacueva, R. Casas, M. Urpi-Sarda, R.
Llorach, R.M. Lamuela-Raventos, R. Estruch.
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It may not take 40 gms of cocoa to see beneficial results. Earlier research has shown one bite of a 65% - 70%
cocoa, dark chocolate bar, provides similar blood vessel health benefits.
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About the Author:
Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy, Health Coach has been helping
his clients improve their health using natural products, tests and self care since 1998.
He is the owner and author of Natural Care Solution, www.NaturalCareSolution.com, and www.NaturalCancerReports.com.
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