Could Powerful Cocoa Flavanols be a preventive of CVD ?
Chocolate is the food of Gods. It is also the food of the Health Gods. I would make a strong argument that the Flavanols that lower blood pressure and increase blood vessel function act in accordance with being happy. Eating chocolate makes people happy. I don’t know if that is scientifically proven or not, but i know its true. Happiness is the nemesis of stress. Stress contributes to Cardiovascular Disease . This all makes perfect sense to me.
Now to the Science Guys :
DUSSELDORF, Germany, Sept. 10 (UPI) — Cocoa flavanols were found lower blood pressure and increase blood vessel function in two recent studies, potentially offering benefits that reduce the risk for developing cardiovascular diseases, or CVD.
Previous studies have shown benefits from dietary intake of flavanols, though they focused on smokers and people already diagnosed with some form cardiovascular disease.
Cocoa flavanols are bioactives found in the cacao bean, however they are also often destroyed in food processing, be it by cutting, chopping or cooking the beans.
Roberto Sansone, Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, Jan Heuel, David Falk, Dominik Schuler, Rabea Wagstaff, Gunter G. C. Kuhnle, Jeremy P. E. Spencer, Hagen Schroeter, Marc W. Merx, Malte Kelm and Christian Heiss. Cocoa flavanol intake improves endothelial function and Framingham Risk Score in healthy men and women: a randomised, controlled, double-masked trial: the Flaviola Health Study. British Journal of Nutrition, available on CJO2015. doi:10.1017/S0007114515002822.