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Dark Chocolates May Help Slash Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease by 37%

Dark Chocolates May Help Slash Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease by 37%

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  • Five of seven evaluated studies reported beneficial associations between chocolate consumption and reduction in cardiometabolic disorders
  • Highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and 29 percent reduction in stroke
  • Previous research has also found that dark chocolate can help reduce risk of heart attack via a biochemical effect that prevents clumping of platelets, and may protect your brain from stroke damage by increasing cellular signals that shield nerve cells from damage
  • These health benefits are due to the high amounts of antioxidants present in pure cacao. Processing destroys antioxidant content

By Dr. Mercola

A recent meta-analysis sought to evaluate the association between chocolate consumption and the risk of developing cardiometabolic disorders. "Cardiometabolic disorders" is a term that represents a cluster of interrelated risk factors that promote the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.


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