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Love Your Heart, Eat Chocolate

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  • People who consumed cocoa, especially dark chocolate, one to three times a month were less likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib), also known as irregular heart rhythm
  • Reduced atrial fibrillation risk for women was linked to eating one serving of chocolate per week, while the biggest reduction for men was associated with eating two to six servings per week
  • More than 2.7 million people in the U.S. (33 million worldwide) suffer from atrial fibrillation, associated with an increased heart attack risk, heart failure, stroke and even cognitive impairment
  • Make sure when you’re reaching for chocolate that you choose the dark variety, as milk chocolate is higher in sugar and lower in antioxidants and sometimes contains damaging artificial sweeteners

By Dr. Mercola

This may cause many a heart to leap, but chocolate, once again, has been placed in the “beneficial for your health” category. This time, quite fittingly, it’s your heart that may benefit from eating this most decadent of treats. Through the ages, benefits such as increased energy as well as libido have been attributed to chocolate, which has also been considered good for diarrhea and migraines, and treating syphilis and even cancer.


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