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A Dark Chocolate a Day Could Keep Heart Attacks Away, Study

A Dark Chocolate a Day Could Keep Heart Attacks Away, Study

(epharmanews)- A recent study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that daily consumption of dark chocolate reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokesin patients of metabolic syndrome (a set of factors such as hypertension,cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes).

The study, conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia over a short period of time, found that flavonoids found in dark chocolate help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Researches then did some mathematical model to predict the long-term health effects in 2013 people at high risk of heart disease who consume dark chocolate every day.
Participants were metabolic syndrome patients with hypertension, but had no history of heart disease or diabetes and were not receiving treatment for their high blood pressure.
By analyzing the risk factors for heart disease and stroke in the participants, researchers found that this risk decreased significantly when patients had bitter chocolate on daily basis.
Researchers suggest that this is a cost-effective means of prevention strategies that will reduce expenses on medications that heart disease patients might need to take later on. These costs can be spent on raising awareness, educational campaigns and advertisement to promote dark chocolate in high risk population.
The protective qualities were only found in dark chocolate, that is chocolate with 60-70% cocoa, because of the high levels of flavonoids found in this type of chocolate.These results however, only apply to non-fatal heart attacks and non-fatal strokes, while other protective effects for fatal heart attacks and fatal strokes are still under research, researchers stressed.
Consumption of dark chocolate significantly lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, researchers concluded.  Dark chocolate “could represent an effective and cost effective strategy for people with metabolic syndrome (and no diabetes).”

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