Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Dark Chocolate Prevents Heart Disease

Inflammation is a normal and useful body process but it seems that today we have too much of it. Inflammation is the real underlying culprit behind most diseases. Most diseases lead to more inflammation, so it's a negative cycle. Some ways to reduce inflammation are through diet (less meat, sugar, white flour and rice, fewer grains, more vegetables and fruits, and 8-10 glasses of water a day), better sleep, and stress reduction. A good detox program will also eliminate inflammatory and acid producing toxins from the body.

In this study it was found that a very small daily dose of dark chocolate reduced levels of C-Reactive Protein, a standard hallmark of inflammation. Resveratrol from red wine and grape juice and green tea also contain the same family of compunds that reduce inflammation.

Dark Chocolate Prevents Heart Disease

Sept. 29, 2008
(WebMD) A piece of dark chocolate a day - a very small piece - keeps the doctor away. An Italian study shows that dark chocolate can significantly reduce the inflammation that leads to cardiovascular disease. The ideal amount is 6.7 grams per day (0.23 ounces). A typical Hershey chocolate bar weighs about 43 grams. That means eating one dark chocolate bar over the course of 6 1/2 days to get 6.7 grams per day. Milk chocolate doesn't appear to offer the same benefits. The study was conducted by Research Laboratories of the Catholic University in Campobasso and the National Cancer Institute of Milan and has been published in the Journal of Nutrition. The data come from an epidemiological study called the Moli-sani Project, which selected men and women at least 35 years old randomly from city hall registries in southern Italy. For the chocolate study, researchers identified 4,849 people in good health without risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. These participants were asked about their dark chocolate consumption. Chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, so keeping inflammation under control is a major part of preventive treatment. Research has shown that patients who have a low amount of C-reactive protein in their blood have lower levels of inflammation. People who eat dark chocolate regularly, in small servings, have significantly lower levels of C reactive protein, according to the study. This holds true even after accounting for any other potential confounding factors (such as differences in other dietary practices).By Caroline WilbertReviewed by Elizabeth Klodas©2005-2008 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.

2 comments:

Anjelina said...

Pure cocoa contains the highest antioxidant power! Resveratrol works on heart health in a number of ways. It helps to increase vasodilation for improved circulation of blood; it helps to prevent plaque formation in the arteries and it helps to regulate cholesterol levels in the body. Green Tea also contains powerful antioxidants that help support heart health, among a number of other health benefits. All three ingredients are combined in CocoPure, a wonderful health supplement which I drink every day. Just 7.4 grams contains an ORAC value of 5,250 units.

Reuven M. Rosenberg, D.C. said...

CocoPure is a good health product. Thanks Anjelina!