Could Chocolate Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack?

Daily dose of dark chocolate could prevent cardiac episodesA new study in the British Medical Journal published May 31st, 2012 finds that the daily consumption of dark chocolate can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack in high-risk patients. Researchers studied over 2,000 people with hypertension and metabolic syndrome and found that daily consumption of about 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate over ten years decreased participants’ risk for suffering a cardiac episode.

The benefits of dark chocolate are found in its higher concentration of flavonoids, which have “heart-protecting effects” and are not found in milk or white chocolate. Researchers say its a cost-effective way of preventative care for at-risk patients. Before starting your daily dose of dark chocolate regimen, be sure to consult with your physician, as consuming chocolate every day for ten years could have other side effects.

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