Dark Chocolate - Not Just Delicious!

Dark Chocolate - Not Just Delicious!

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Chocolate is so good for us - in so many ways. 

Obviously you have to factor in the endorphin rush that you get fromjust eating it (or receiving it as a gift) but it is also worth remembering that dark chocolate is the subject of many recent research studies. 

So far, it looks as though chocolate is cardioprotective, anti-coagulant, anti-oxidant rich, helps glaucoma, reduces blood pressure and is currently being looked at as a very helpful cough suppressant for people with certain cancers - including lung cancer - who wouldn't be able to tolerate conventional medicine. 

We've printed references for nine recent trials below:

 

1: di Giuseppe R, Di Castelnuovo A, Centritto F, Zito F, De Curtis A, Costanzo S, Vohnout B, Sieri S, Krogh V, Donati MB, de

Gaetano G, Iacoviello L. Regular consumption of dark chocolate is associated with low serum concentrations of C-reactive

protein in a healthy Italian population. J Nutr. 2008 Oct;138(10):1939-45. PMID: 18806104 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

2: Hurst WJ, Glinski JA, Miller KB, Apgar J, Davey MH, Stuart DA. Survey of the trans-resveratrol and trans-piceid content of cocoa-containing and chocolate products. J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Sep 24;56(18):8374-8. Epub 2008 Aug 30. PMID: 18759443 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

3: Lippi G, Franchini M, Montagnana M, Favaloro EJ, Guidi GC, Targher G. Dark chocolate: consumption for pleasure or therapy? J Thromb Thrombolysis. 2008 Sep 23. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 18827977 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

4: Jalil AM, Ismail A. Polyphenols in cocoa and cocoa products: is there a link between antioxidant properties and health?

Molecules. 2008 Sep 16;13(9):2190-219. Review. PMID: 18830150 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

5: Grassi D, Desideri G, Necozione S, Lippi C, Casale R, Properzi G, Blumberg JB, Ferri C. Blood pressure is reduced and

insulin sensitivity increased in glucose-intolerant, hypertensive subjects after 15 days of consuming high-polyphenol dark

chocolate. J Nutr. 2008 Sep;138(9):1671-6. PMID: 18716168 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

6: Mozaffarieh M, Grieshaber MC, Orgül S, Flammer J. The potential value of natural antioxidative treatment in glaucoma. Surv Ophthalmol. 2008 Sep-Oct;53(5):479-505. Review. PMID: 18929760 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

7: Faridi Z, Njike VY, Dutta S, Ali A, Katz DL. Acute dark chocolate and cocoa ingestion and endothelial function: a

randomized controlled crossover trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Jul;88(1):58-63. PMID: 18614724 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

8: Halfdanarson TR, Jatoi A. Chocolate as a cough suppressant: rationale and justification for an upcoming clinical trial.

Support Cancer Ther. 2007 Jan 1;4(2):119-22. PMID: 18632476 [PubMed - in process]

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