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com/wls/story?section=news/health&id=8566810 http://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2012-03-02-cocoa-enhances-skeletal-fu nction.aspx The study, which combined the results of 42 small clinical trials, found that pe ople fed chocolate or cocoa for a few weeks to months had small dips in their bl ood pressure and improved blood vessel function. On average, chocolate eaters shaved a couple points from their blood pressure an d showed a small improvement in “flow-mediated dilation” — a measure of how well the b lood vessels respond to increased blood flow. They also had a dip in their levels of insulin, a hormone that regulates blood s ugar. High insulin levels are linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The findings, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, are far fr om the first to connect chocolate to heart health. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/03/02/is-chocolate-rea... March 2, 2012 (WLS) — A review of 42 smaller studies finds chocolate could lower b lood pressure slightly and be good for your heart. The study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also found that particip ants had small improvements in blood vessel function and a dip in their insulin levels. A number of past studies have had similar findings. The reason is believed to be due to compounds known as flavonoids. Researchers acknowledged some shortcomin gs in the study, adding that it is premature to advise people to consume chocola te for these purposes. A small clinical trial led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found that patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after thre e months of treatment with epicatechin-enriched cocoa. Epicatechin is a flavonoi d found in dark chocolate. The results of this initial study has led to the implementation of larger, place bo-controlled clinical trial at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VASDHS to as sess if patients with heart failure and diabetes show improvement in their exerc ise capacity when treated with epicatechin-rich cocoa. The study published this week by the journal Clinical and Translational Science looked at five profoundly ill patients with major damage to skeletal muscle mito chondria. Mitochondria are structures responsible for most of the energy produce d in cells. These “fuel cells” are dysfunctional as a result of both type 2 diabete s and heart failure, leading to abnormalities in skeletal muscle. In patients wi th heart failure and diabetes abnormalities in both the heart and skeletal muscl e result in impaired functional capacity. These patients often complain of shor tness of breath, lack of energy and have difficulty walking even short distances . http://adampaulgreen.com/category/innovation/

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