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August 31, 2011
Chocolate is one of the most amazing and delicious foods I know, and as a true chocolate lover I’ll never stop writing about numerous benefits of consuming this divine dessert. A very rich in such natural product as cocoa, one of the greatest natural antioxidant sources, chocolate helps us improve the function of our digestive system, slow down aging processes, lower the levels of LDL cholesterol in our blood and enjoy other health benefits of cocoa. In addition, it is known that dark chocolate has very strong anti-inflammatory properties, and the studies have shown that this therapeutic activities of this magic natural superfood can work great for preventing many bacterial and viral infections.
Numerous health benefits of dark chocolate are being constantly studied and revised, and this summer, the scientists came up with an amazing conclusion. As the study published recently online in the British Medical Journal says, eating just a small amount of dark chocolate on a daily basis can substantially boost our heart health and cut the risks of having heart disease by a third!! Isn’t it incredible? It turns out that chocolate is really extremely useful and beneficial food to our health if consumed in small amounts each day!
Within this extensive study, the specialists from the University of Cambridge reviewed 7 large previous studies that resulted in finding the most important and powerful health benefits of dark chocolate. At that, 5 studies confirmed strong connections between a regular chocolate consumption and excellent heart health. Then, the researchers analyzed the information on about 100,000 people, both with and without heart disease, in order to compare the effects daily chocolate consumption may have on people who are just at risks of having heart disease or already suffer from serious heart problems.
For every single case, the info on the group with heart disease and without heart disease were compared. The findings were quite surprising for the scientists themselves, says Dr. Oscar Franco from the study group. “Highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37 per cent reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29 per cent reduction in stroke compared with lowest levels,” the health news reviewers from the Daily Mail report. It is said that further studies will show the main influencing factors and how exactly eating chocolate can help improve our heart health to such a great extent.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.