Does Dark Chocolate Protect the Heart?

Does Dark Chocolate Protect the Heart?

Does dark chocolate help protect the heart, and if it does, why? There have been numerous reports looking at this. A new study out of Yale has some very interesting findings. According to the researchers, dark chocolate may also boost the function of vital endothelial cells that line the inside of blood vessels. Cocoa is rich in a group of antioxidant compounds called flavonoids which are also found in fruits and vegetables, wine, and green tea. It is the flavonoids which protect the heart.

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The Miracle of Red Wine

The Miracle of Red Wine

It is called the miracle of wine, and we are learning, especially beginning about 25 years ago in Europe, about how people who drink red wine, maybe a glass or two a day at the most, actually have a decreased risk of heart disease. We learn more and more now about flavonoids, which are chemicals in the wine that can make this possible. The key thing to understand here is that you can drink, but it’s in small doses, not a lot. If you have a lot, that can actually work against you and cause problems with alcohol abuse.

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