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Got Chocolate? Heart Effects Mechanism Discovered

[24 Jan 2011 | No Comments | 4 views | Author: Brad Chase]
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Cocoa from the chocolate bean Theobroma cacao L. is rich in antioxidant flavonoids like resveratrol and proanthyocyanidins that may contribute to heart health and boost immunity. Eating one small square of dark chocolate (about 7 grams) daily has been found to offer optimum health benefits. Now research has discovered the mechanism behind chocolate’s positive effects on the heart. The study, published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology , evaluated the effects of dark chocolate on ACE activity. ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) helps regulate blood pressure and fluid balance.�High levels of ACE are linked with heart disease. Researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden administered 75 grams (about 2 1/2 oz) of dark chocolate with 72 percent�cocoa content to 16 healthy participants.

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