Eating dark chocolate can result in some incredible health benefits! What are they? Join Laci as she discusses why we should all be eating dark chocolate!
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Dark Chocolate Boosts People’s Walking Ability
“For people who love dark chocolate, researchers have yet found another reason to eat it.”
Cocoa intake, blood pressure, and cardiovascular mortality: the Zutphen Elderly Study.
“Small, short-term, intervention studies indicate that cocoa-containing foods improve endothelial function and reduce blood pressure. We studied whether habitual cocoa intake was cross-sectionally related to blood pressure and prospectively related with cardiovascular mortality.”
Chocolate consumption is inversely associated with calcified atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries: The NHLBI Family Heart Study
“While a diet rich in antioxidant has been favorably associated with coronary disease and hypertension, limited data have evaluated the influence of such diet on subclinical disease.”
Chocolate consumption is inversely associated with prevalent coronary heart disease: the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Family Heart Study.
“Epidemiologic studies have suggested beneficial effects of flavonoids on cardiovascular disease. Cocoa and particularly dark chocolate are rich in flavonoids and recent studies have demonstrated blood pressure lowering effects of dark chocolate.”
Blood Pressure Is Reduced and Insulin Sensitivity Increased in Glucose-Intolerant, Hypertensive Subjects after 15 Days of Consuming High-Polyphenol Dark Chocolate
“Flavanols from chocolate appear to increase nitric oxide bioavailability, protect vascular endothelium, and decrease cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors.”
How do dietary flavanols improve vascular function? A position paper.
“Epidemiological and clinical studies revealed that high-flavanol diet or isolated (-)-epicatechin improves the function of the vascular endothelium, as assessed by flow-mediated dilation, through elevation of bioavailability and bioactivity of NO*.”