Monday, February 27, 2006

Sleeper was Right!

Cocoa 'cuts heart disease risk'

Dutch scientists found elderly men who consumed cocoa had lower blood pressure levels, and were less likely to die from cardiovascular problems.

They say cocoa contains ingredients which may keep the circulatory system healthy in different ways.

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Cocoa contains chemicals called flavan-3-oils, which have been linked to lower blood pressure and improved function of the cells lining the blood vessels.

But the Dutch team believes the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease may be down to the fact that cocoa is also a rich source of antioxidants.

These substances are able to limit the tissue damage caused by highly reactive chemicals called free radicals, which are released by the body's energy-producing processes.
I was just off to have some chai tea, but maybe I'll have some cocoa instead!

So, coffee and cocoa are good for you! And contain many anti-oxidants! Heh!

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