Body Health

Browse the categories below to discover the effects of Theobroma Cacao / Chocolate on various aspects of our physical health and well being.

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Subcategories: Brain and Nervous System, Chocolate vs Cancer, Diabetes, Heart & Cardiovascular, Inflammation, Liver, Respiratory Health & Lungs, Skin, Teeth

Body Health Entries


Maple Syrup May Help Treat Diabetes
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have found beneficial compounds in maple syrup that inhibit two carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzymes that are relevant to type 2 diabetes.
Chocolate - A Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
An industry-funded randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial study suggests chocolate may improve symptoms for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating condition currently affecting as many as 7 million Americans.
Benefits & Scientific Secrets of Raw & Organic Chocolate and Cannabis -> Holy Hemp

How does raw & organic chocolate increase the beneficial effects of CBD found in the Sacred Cannabis Plant, therein increasing your overall well-being?  As the organic raw chocolate pioneer, read how Sacred Chocolate's HOLY HEMP, does just that.

Cancer Prevention Properties of Chocolate and Cocoa
Summary: Cocoa was originally cultivated by ancient societies in Central and South America, where it was consumed as a fermented beverage for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. Cocoa and chocolate, its fermented byproduct, are rich in flavanols—potent antioxidants associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Two types of flavanols, called catechins and procyanidins, have been shown in experimental studies to reduce markers of inflammation and angiogenesis, two processes closely linked to cancer development. While more study is required, cocoa and chocolate have significant potential for chemoprevention as a dietary supplement.
Chocolate Reverses Calcification: Longevity Superfood
While a diet rich in anti-oxidant has been favorably associated with coronary disease and hypertension, limited data have evaluated the influence of such diet on subclinical disease. Thus, we sought to examine whether chocolate consumption is associated with calcified atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries (CAC).
Cocoa could prevent intestinal pathologies such as colon cancer
Headed by scientists from the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN) and recently published in the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research journal, the new study supports this idea and upholds that cacao consumption helps to prevent intestinal complaints linked to oxidative stress, such as the onset of chemically induced colon carcinogenesis.
Teeth
There has long been an association with chocolate and the health of teeth. The consumption of cacao with the skins/husks included seems to decrease cavities. Research has shown that the tannins in the cacao bean and its associated skin/husk prevent tooth decay.
Cacao & Good Teeth
Research from oral biosciences in Japan demonstrates the external use of whole cacao for superior dental health. "Fractions containing mainly cocoa polyphenols showed antibacterial effects. After treatment with polyvinylpolypyrrolidone, an absorbent of polyphenols, the methanol-extractable fraction lost its effect. These results suggest that cocoa has significant antibacterial effects against periodontal pathogenic bacteria and that polyphenols are responsible."
Why is chocolate good for your brain?
Studies suggest a diet rich in flavonoids, compounds in fruit, vegetables, coffee, tea and chocolate, could reduce the decline in mental function associated with age.
Brain and Nervous System Health

Chocolate Science: Brain and Nervous System Health

Effect of cocoa powder on the modulation of inflammatory biomarkers in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease

Epidemiologic studies have suggested that flavonoid intake plays a critical role in the prevention of coronary heart disease. Because atherosclerosis is considered a low-grade inflammatory disease, some feeding trials have analyzed the effects of cocoa (an important source of flavonoids) on inflammatory biomarkers, but the results have been controversial.
Reproductive Health

Chocolate Science: Reproductive Health

Respiratory Health & Lungs

Chocolate Science: Respiratory Health & Lungs

Skin

Chocolate Science: Skin

inflammation

Favanol-rich cocoa could be a potential candidate for the treatment, or possibly prevention, of the broad array of chronic diseases that are linked to dysfunctional inflammatory responses.

Pregnancy Health
Women who regularly ate chocolate while they were pregnant were more likely to say their babies smiled and laughed a lot.
Long-Awaited ‘Cocoa’ Based Drug for Treatment of Persistent Cough in Final Development
A breakthrough drug containing theobromine, an ingredient naturally present in cocoa and chocolate, is entering the final stages of human clinical trials for the treatment of persistent cough. The drug could be on the market within two years.
Chocolate Shown to Lower Blood Pressure Better Than Drugs
High blood pressure is a critical concern as it significantly raises the incidence of vascular disease and stroke. As a result of stress, poor diet and lifestyle, enzymes in our body produce a substance known as angiotensin II that causes blood vessels to narrow and blood pressure to increase. Standard medical practice is to prescribe ACE inhibitors to slow the action of these enzymes, often with mixed results and always with dangerous side effects. Researchers have now confirmed that natural flavanols found in cacao from chocolate effectively lower blood pressure.
High-Cocoa Polyphenol-Rich Chocolate Improves HDL Cholesterol in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Scientific study examined the HDL Cholesterol benefits in Type 2 Diabetes using high-cocoa polyphenol-rich (dark chocolate) concluded that dark chocolate is effective in improving HDL cholesterol without affecting weight, inflammatory markers, insulin resistance or glycaemic control. A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover study from the Michael White Diabetes Centre, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, UK.

Abstract: Regular dark chocolate consumption's reduction of oxidative stress and increase of free-fatty-acid mobilization in response to prolonged cycling.
Cycling and Cacao – TOGETHER! Daily dark cacao lowers oxidative stress and increases free fatty acids.