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Protect Yourself From Heart Attack & Stroke: Eat Chocolate!
Chocolate: Its Amazing Properties!
Eating as little a 1/4 ounce of chocolate per day can help protect you against heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure.
In a European study analyzing the benefits of chocolate, 19,000+ participants were followed for over eight years. Dr. Brian Buijsee, of the German Institute of Human Nutrition, conducted the study.
Chocolate: The Study's Results
The study found that those who had the highest consumption of chocolate daily, 7.5 grams (or a little over a quarter of an ounce), had lower blood pressure and a 39% lower risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, compared to other participants who ate only 1.7 grams per day (or .06 of an ounce).
The study doesn't specify the type of chocolate consumed.
What makes chocolate so special? And how can it protect us against high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack? The researchers in this study believe it's due to chocolate's flavanol content.
NOTE: Flavanol is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in plants, especially the cocoa plant.
NOTE: Dark chocolate contains more flavanol than milk chocolate.
Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...
For the most protection, choose chocolate with a cocoa content of 65% or higher... and limit your intake. Remember, the study's participants only ate a little over a quarter-of-an-ounce per day to reap the benefits.
CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.