Chocolate May Reduce Risk of Heart Failure

Forget what you’ve heard about death by chocolate.  A new Harvard study shows that chocolate may be good for your heart.  It’s a great day for chocolate lovers everywhere.

Murray Mittleman and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School studied data on 31,823 middle-aged and elderly Swedish women to assess the relationship between chocolate and heart failure.  The women who consumed an average of one to two servings (that’s a fairly small amount) of high-quality, cocoa-rich chocolate per week had a 32 percent lower risk of experiencing heart failure. Those women who ate 1 to 3 servings a month had a 26 percent lower risk of heart failure.

The scientists noted that the high concentration of phytonutrients called flavonoids in dark chocolate are potent antioxidants that are likely responsible for the results.  The flavonoids are believed to lower blood pressure and reducing inflammation linked with heart failure.

Keep in mind that not just any chocolate will do.  Forget the vast majority of candy bars on the market. The study results were achieved with high-quality, cocoa-rich chocolate.  Read DARK chocolate.  The darker the better.  And, be sure the one you choose is low in sugar, has no trans or hydrogenated fats, and no artificial colors, flavors, or other synthetic ingredients.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD

195 comments

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

thanks for sharing

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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a             y m.
g d c5 years ago

ty

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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

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Carole R.
Carole R5 years ago

Nice! :0)

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener5 years ago

Chillies are better for that purpose!

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Anand YNI
Anand Y N I5 years ago

The darker the better - so says the author. However, keep in mind that something is better than nothing - like the bournvita, cocoa and other drinks.

BTW, the article is a reminder to me to have today's quota of my chocolate!

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Nick S.
Nick Schulte5 years ago

i just want 20 buterfly credits

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Holland F.
Holland F.5 years ago

I love chocolates and I'm very pleased on how nutritious it is. I gained a lot of information about chocolates on chocolarious.com and now I'm a certified chocoholic. lol.
Also, try checking out milkdelight.com, coffeefashion.com, everything-cake.com, and zcocktails.com. =>

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Meg Lovara
Meg L5 years ago

love dark chocolate (:

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