Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Dark Chocolate Fights Heart Woes

Dark Chocolate Fights Heart Woes - WebMD
"A Japanese study suggests that dark chocolate can improve blood flow to heart muscle. That'€™s important because improved coronary blood flow mitigates the risk of chronic chest pain, or angina, and heart attacks, says Yumi Shiina...Shiina credits flavonoids, a group of antioxidant compounds also found in red wine, tea, and fruits and vegetables, with dark chocolates healthy effects...The study involved 39 healthy men who ate a 1.4-ounce candy bar of either dark chocolate or white chocolate daily for two weeks...After two weeks, coronary circulation significantly improved in participants who ate dark chocolate...Cacao polyphenol contains four times as many disease-fighting flavonoids per serving than red wine or tea..."

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