Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:44 am
The idea that eating cocoa-rich, dark chocolate may offer greater health benefits than milk chocolate is not new.
Cocoa is loaded with compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to help our bodies fend off inflammation and maybe even improve our moods.
And now a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow.
Cocoa has been used as a health elixir for centuries, going back to the Incas. Dr. John Finley discusses the LSU AgCenter's study that revealed some of the compounds that make cocoa so beneficial.
Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 1:50 pm
Boy, it's a good time to be a dark-chocolate lover.
We've noted before the growing evidence that a daily dose of the bitter bean may help reduce blood pressure. There also seems to be a link between a regular chocolate habit and lower body weight.