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Video: Chocolate Is Really Good For The Heart
Chocolate is really good for the heart
Scientists from Brown University analyzed the results of 19 placebo-controlled studies in which more than a thousand people took part.
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It is known that the use of chocolate improves mood, and indeed, makes a person happier. American scientists have confirmed that chocolate is good for the heart. However, the researchers warn, don't forget about calories and carbohydrates.
So, scientists from Brown University (Brown University) analyzed the results of 19 placebo-controlled studies, which involved more than a thousand people. The authors studied how the consumption of flavonoids contained in cocoa affected the health of the participants. They ate from 166 mg to 2110 mg of flavonols (a type of flavonoid) with food, and their observation lasted from two weeks to a year.
Dark chocolate contains more flavonoids than milk or white chocolate, but in general, the content of these substances in chocolate products is not regulated in any way. It is known that flavonoids have antioxidant properties, that is, they are able to inactivate the reactive oxygen species formed in cells, which can destroy DNA and proteins.
Studying the publications, the authors found that those who consumed more flavonoids had lower triglyceride levels, increased "good" cholesterol, and in addition, their presence in the diet had a positive effect on tissue sensitivity to insulin. Flavonols have also been shown to reduce the concentration of C-reactive protein associated with inflammation. All this indicates that the compounds contained in cocoa and products made from it really have a beneficial effect on the work of the heart, reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
The authors, however, emphasize that the detected changes in the analyzed indicators cannot be called significant. Longer studies are required to confirm the findings.
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