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.
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.
Women who regularly ate chocolate while they were pregnant were more likely to say their babies smiled and laughed a lot.
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.
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.
Brain and Nervous System Health
Chocolate Science: Brain and Nervous System Health
Chocolate Science: Reproductive Health
Chocolate Science: Skin
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.
Respiratory Health & Lungs
Chocolate Science: Respiratory Health & Lungs