Cocoa compound linked to some cardiovascular biomarker improvements

The meta-analysis in the Journal of Nutrition, an assessment of the combined evidence from all 19 RCTs, focused on whether consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa products was associated with improvements in specific circulating biomarkers of cardiometabolic health as compared to consuming placebos with negligible cocoa flavanol content. In all, 1,139 volunteers were involved in these trials. “Our meta-analysis of RCTs characterizes how cocoa flavanols affect cardiometabolic biomarkers, providing guidance in designing large, definitive prevention trials against diabetes and cardiovascular disease in future work,” said corresponding author Dr. Simin Liu, professor and…

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Clubbers ‘snort cocoa’ for endorphin rush at clubs in Europe

Chocolate has reportedly become the new drug of choice at house and electronic nights. Events such as “Lucid” at Alchemy & Eros in Berlin have allegedly made snorting chocolate a popular pastime, according to Ozy, which reports that parties on both sides of the Atlantic are taking raw chocolate or cocoa in drink, pill or powdered form. The “high vibe” medicine of raw cocoa supposedly floods users with endorphins as it enters the blood stream, while magnesium serves as a muscle relaxant. A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that cocoa…

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