Cocoa May Soon Be Used as Medicine

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Specially formulated cocoa very well might soon be considered part of a treatment plan for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in diabetics.

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According to new research, after diabetic patients drank a special high-flavonol cocoa for one month, blood vessel function went from severely impaired to normal. Flavanols are natural plant compounds also found in tea, red wine, and certain fruits and vegetables. They are responsible for cocoa’s healthful benefits.

The improvement was as large as has been observed with exercise and many common diabetic medications.

The cocoa used in this study is not sold in the supermarket.

Sources:

* Eurekalert May 26, 2008

* Journal of the American College of Cardiology June 3, 2008; 51(22):2150-2 (Free Full Length Article PDF)

* Journal of the American College of Cardiology June 3, 2008 Editorial Comment (Free Full Length PFD)

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