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Chocolate Consumption and Cardiovascular Risk

If your a subscriber, you may know one of my vices is good dark chocolate. You'll also know that it has many health benefits and among them is cardiovascular health benefits. So while this study is not new, I like to take any opportunity I can to share my excitement when I come across another chocolate study. For some of the others I've covered, click on the "chocolate" label below, or see some of the links posts below under Related posts.
The findings from this new study suggest that regular consumption of the good stuff (i.e., "real" chocolate, not those "candy" bars) may decrease the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events and stroke in otherwise healthy individuals.

Analysis of almost 21,000 adults from the UK's EPIC-Norfolk study showed that those who ate the most chocolate had an 11% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) and a 25% lower risk of CV-related death over 12 years of follow-up when compared with those who ate no chocolate. In addition, the highest-consumption group had a 23% lower risk of stroke.

Interestingly, the participants in the study ate more milk chocolate than dark chocolate, which may indicate that "not only flavonoids, but also other compounds, possibly related to milk constituents such as calcium and fatty acids, may provide an explanation for the observed association," write the researchers.

Also, if you've been to one of my seminars on mitocchondrial function and PQQ, you may remember that chocolate is by far the best source of PQQ in the human diet, and may contribute to some of the health benefits attributed to chocolate, including cognitive function.

Hope this news makes you as happy as chocolate does, and if you've got too much chocolate laying around, I can always help that terrible problem.  :)

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Source: Habitual chocolate consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease among healthy men and women

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