Monday, June 4, 2012

Dark Chocolate and Heart Health...Again

What is it about chocolate that keeps us coming back to this same discussion; chocolate and heart health? The Washington Post came published yet another article on this topic today, quoting yet another scientific study on chocolate and heart health. And this one, like many before, is great news for those who are die-hard chocolate fans, and at the same time are concerned about heart health.

According to the Washington Post, eating dark chocolate every day for 10 years could reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes in some high-risk patients. Do I have your attention yet? Of course, much like the many studies before this one, not all chocolates apply here. Dark chocolate is the healthiest for your heart, but why?

Dark chocolate, according to WebMD, is a potent antioxidant. But what is an antioxidant? Dark chocolate apparently contains a great amount of nutrients and enzymes that prevent the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Rheumatoid arthritis and cataracts. These amazing antioxidants are great little fighting elements that a packed into dark chocolate.

Why is dark chocolate better for heart health then milk chocolate? Well, the answer should be right there in the question. Milk chocolate is made from dairy, while dark chocolate is derived specifically from the actual cocoa bean itself, which is full of phytonutrients and antioxidents.

Now, don’t go  running to the store to buy some dark chocolate to cure all of your hypertension issues. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure and healthy heart requires far more then just eating dark chocolate, although more and more studies are proving what an asset dark chocolate is to heart health. But keeping your blood pressure low involves a healthy diet, getting those l-arginine supplements, staying active and breaking bad habits.  

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