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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Smoking May Affect Memory

Smoking May Affect Memory

People who smoke during mid-life may be more likely than non-smokers to have a poor memory. Researchers analyzed the smoking habits and memory and cognitive test results of over 5,000 civil servants in London, England, aged 35 to 55. Those who were smokers had a higher risk of death than those who never smoked. In addition, current smokers were more likely to have memory deficiencies than non-smokers, even age-adjusted for sex, socioeconomic status, or other health behaviors. Those who were ex-smokers were also 30% less likely than current smokers to have vocabulary and language score problems.

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