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April 21, 2012

9 Benefits of Cocoa

by Heal Thyself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Amazing Power of Cocoa:

  1. Cocoa products have blood-pressure lowering capacity.
  2. Chocolate, cocoa and flavan-3-ols improve insulin resistance and parameters associated with decreased cardiovascular disease risk.
  3. Chocolate procyanidins may inhibit vascular and inflammatory processes that contribute to cardiovascular disease.
  4. One week of high-flavanol cocoa consumption increases flow-mediated dilation, improving endothelial dysfunction.
  5. Cocoa flavonoids may prevent oxidative-stress-induced damage to the liver.
  6. Dark chocolate consumption increases HDL cholesterol concentration and chocolate fatty acids may inhibit lipid peroxidation in healthy humans.
  7. Casual chocolate consumption results in anti-platelet effects.
  8. Chocolate preference in old age was associated with better health, optimism and better psychological well-being.
  9. Cocoa extract reduces plasma glucose and insulin in an oral glucose tolerance test and may reduce plasma fatty acids and enhance the antioxidant system in obese-diabetic rats.

 

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