Don’t just eat chucklit guys…
… eat more of it! And have some red wine or tea too!
“We all agree that penicillin and anesthesia are enormously important,” says Harvard Professor Norman Hollenberg. “But epicatechin could potentially get rid of four of the five most common diseases in the Western world.” He found that by ingesting the compound, less than 10 percent of the Kuna population suffered from heart disease, cancer, diabetes or stroke.
This wonderous substance is, next to raw cocoa, also found within certain fruits and vegetables, along with chocolate, wine and tea.
Cardiovascular benefits for cocoa are being claimed in the scientific literature with growing intensity. To date, excitement over the potential health benefits of flavonoids has been driven mostly by epidemiological studies of tea and red wine, but raw cocoa contains specific flavonoids in concentrations far exceeding those from most other sources. However, many studies haven’ t brought but confusion about the mecanism of this healthy effect. Tremendous variability in cocoa processing, flavonoid content, measurement and dosing threatens further scientific exactness.
CONCLUSIONS: Evidence is mounting to support healthy effects of from the consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa, particularly for heart and vessels, although future research in the field is needed.
J Hypertens. 2005 Aug;23(8):1453-9. Links
J Hypertens. 2005 Aug;23(8):1461-3.
Flavanols for cardiovascular health: the science behind the sweetness.Fisher ND, Hollenberg NK.
Departments of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
PMID: 16003167 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]