The Times Of India
have great news for chocolate lovers everywhere. According to new research, dark chocolate helps to decrease the risk of stroke and heart attack, when eaten over a ten year period. Sad news for those that love milk chocolate and cannot stand the taste of bitter chocolate. Everyone has heard the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Now, it's a piece of chocolate a day, keeps the doctor away. Apparently eating some dark chocolate every day will be just enough to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Euronews Science published this Youtube video on Dec 27th 2011 to explain how dark chocolate helps to reduce stroke and heart disease.
A study was published in the British Medical Journal 31st May 2012, that showed how dark chocolate was a cheap and delicious intervention strategy. Researchers from Monash University studied 30 percent of the Australian population, who were at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers predicted that 70 non-fatal and 15 fatal heart attacks per 10,000 individuals over a ten year period could be avoided.
Ms. Ella Zomer, lead author said that this is the first research that examines the health benefits of flavonoids. Flavonoids are found in dark chocolate and are the active ingredient that lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. Even eating 100 grams of dark chocolate, each day, for a period of 10 years will show significant health benefits.
Dark chocolate therapy can be used as an alternative or as a complement medication for people who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Even though dark chocolate has wonderful health benefits it should be used with caution. Health professionals are not advocating that patients use dark chocolate alone to treat symptoms. Other preventative measures should be taken to guard against cardiovascular disease. It may also be possible to create a dark chocolate higher in flavanoids so that less chocolate may be consumed, but patients would still get the same effects.