Are you a dark chocolate lover? Well, there’s a good news from the researchers. A tiny piece of dark chocolate can help your cardiovascular system to stay healthy, fit and fine. This research contribution comes straight from the land of Pizza lovers (Italy).
Italian research highlights that a small ounce of dark chocolate intake can lower the risk of heart problems. This amount corresponds to nearly 0.23 ounces or 6.7 grams of dark chocolate per day. However, milk chocolate won’t be offering you a similar benefit.
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This current research was conducted at Catholic University’s Research Laboratories (Campobasso) and National Cancer Institute (Milan). It marks its presence at the Journal of Nutrition. This recent study is an epidemiological study named as Moli-sani Project. The study selected men and women up to 35 years of age within Southern Italy.
How does chocolate intake can lower the risk of heart problems?
For the present research project, the researchers involved around 4849 participants. These participants were chosen such that they lacked risk factors associated with cardiovascular disorders. Researchers asked these participants about their likings for dark chocolate and its consumption.
As chronic inflammation is closely related to the development of cardiovascular disorders, it is essential to keep the inflammation under control.
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At the end of the research evaluation, the researchers conclude that lower blood levels of C-reactive proteins are directly proportional to the lower levels of inflammation. Hence, it is essential to control the blood C-reactive protein levels, and dark chocolate consumers are better able to do so. However, it is often regulated by other dietary patterns.
Another study on the same principles:
The research team of Harvard Medical School, Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Harvard School of Public Health worked out a research on the same lines. Their research contributions mark its presence in the peer-reviewed journal named Circulation: Heart Failure.
Most of the papers establishing a co-relation between dark chocolate consumption and lower cardiovascular risk is applicable only when the chocolate is eaten in moderate levels. It further evaluated the lowering of the blood pressure levels with average levels of dark chocolate consumption.
Findings of the study:
In comparison to the non-chocolate eating women participants, the dark chocolate eaters exhibited nearly 26 per cent lower risks associated with cardiovascular disorders.
Researchers highlight the contributions of flavonoids in providing beneficiary effects to further lowering the cardiovascular disorders.
Thus, a blend of regulated dietary patterns, enhanced lifestyle and chocolate intake can lower the risk of heart problems.