Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Cocoa Boosts "Good" Cholesterol

Antioxidants in Cocoa May Be the Reason WebMD 3/9/07 "The men in the cocoa group showed a 24% rise in their HDL, or "good," cholesterol levels... tests included blasting samples of the men's LDL cholesterol with free radicals to trigger a process called oxidation. Oxidized LDL cholesterol may be particularly hazardous because oxidation may help LDL cholesterol build up in the arteries...LDL cholesterol of the men who drank cocoa daily for 12 weeks was more resistant to oxidation than the LDL cholesterol of men who didn't drink the cocoa...However, the study shows similar blood levels of LDL cholesterol for both groups -- including oxidized LDL -- regardless of cocoa consumption...Cocoa contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which may be responsible for the study's results...Tea, wine, fruit, and vegetables also contain polyphenols and may help heart health, note Kondo and colleagues..."

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