Can Chocolate Stave Off Stroke?

Don’t throw away those heart-shaped boxes just yet. A New analysis of several research studies has uncovered a potentially powerful new benefit of consuming chocolate-when eaten regularly, it may help lower your risk of stroke.

The first study, involving almost 45,000 people, found that those who ate one serving of chocolate per week had a 22% reduced risk of stroke, compared to those who ate none. A second study of 1,169 stroke victims found that those who ate 50 grams of chocolate a week reduced their risk of dying from a stroke by 46%. A third study found no association between chocolate consumption and stroke.

The potential benefits of chocolate are believed to be related to its rich content of powerful antioxidants called flavonoids, which may help promote cellular health. I believe that regularly consuming small amounts of dark chocolate can be quite beneficial-but avoid milk chocolate, which has a very low flavonoid content and is full of fat and sugar. When choosing a dark chocolate, look for a high cocoa content. Healthy living never tasted so sweet!……Dr. Allen S. Josephs….

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