Chocolate: treat with therapeutic impact

24/11/2012

 

Chocolate is definitely one of my favorite treats in the world and is annually produce thousands of tons, and its history goes back to at least 1100 BC, in South Africa.


However, some chocolate lovers still feel somewhat embarrassed for his propensity to eat because they associate chocolate with "sweets" (logically follows from the fact that it is located in a candy store) without knowing anything about the preliminary and Clinical studies that indicate that it can probably be called drug than delicacy.

In fact, chocolate can bring the pharmaceutical industry at least $ 29 billion, based on a 2006 study, which found that regular consumption of chocolate reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 50 percent. But the participants in this study had used only 2.11 grams of chocolate per day!

A new study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed the ability of chocolate and its active ingredients (cocoa flavan-3-ols) to reduce the impact of a wide range of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, some of which include insulin resistance.

There have been forty two short-term and long-term experiment, it was found, on average 33 per cent reduction in insulin resistance after eating chocolate.

The results are surprising, because the chocolate is usually considered the culprit high blood sugar and insulin levels, which leads to the development of increased resistance to insulin.

The new study not only exposes the false representation, but also sheds light on how eating chocolate (especially natural, dark) could be useful in the prevention and treatment of diabetes, the first and second types. One benefit of chocolate is well-known ability to reduce the manifestations of dysfunction of endothelial tissue (tissue that lines the walls of blood vessels and heart cavities, approx.). Elevated blood glucose leads to glycation (oxidation and caramelization blood sugar), which leads to fixation of ligaments sugars with proteins and lipids in the vessel wall and internal organs, causing disturbances. Diabetic patients respond well to expand the capacity of cocoa lumen of the arteries, which leads to a decrease in morbidity and, as a consequence, the mortality rate.

Proven benefits of chocolate on health after forty


The ongoing for over a decade of research point to the ability of chocolate to lower blood pressure, prevent and limit the manifestation of endothelial dysfunction (the main culprit of atherosclerosis), protect against the development of coronary heart disease, reduce the risk of stroke, preventing the oxidation of cholesterol (a process useful for the conversion of the arteries of harmful lipoproteins) . And it's only five of the forty possible health benefits associated with regular consumption of chocolate.

Any serious discussion about the healing properties of chocolate should be carried out by specialists, given the current violations of trade chocolate, and there is even information about what he is able to form children's dependency. Grown with chemicals, cocoa beans may contain residues of dangerous herbicide — glyphosate (the active ingredient of herbicide brand "Roundup"). The latter, along with other biocides are widely used in agriculture, so that the user must take extra care to avoid such "gotchas."

More noteworthy is the fact that many seemingly independent brands like Dagoba or Green & Black were bought by large corporations such as Hershey and Cadbury. This means that while you think you are eating chocolate of the highest quality, in fact, for its production and sales can not use very high quality raw material or violate trade rules. In other words, it is necessary first to understand.

In addition, because of the presence of complex chocolate pharmacologically active properties it should be consumed in moderation. Also, care must be taken with the tendency for self-use chocolate, especially if the content of this reduced cocoa product and the amount of sugar is increased.

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