Chocolate research


Antioxidant and chocolate research showing how antioxidants increase health and longevity  

Chocolate reduces stroke risk by 22% and stroke mortality by 46%

American Academy of Neurology 62nd Annual Meeting. April 10-17, 2010. Published online February 11, 2009.

High Antioxidants prevent chronic diseases

The higher the antioxidant level, the lower the glucose and cholesterol levels as well as the size of waistlines. Nutritional Metabolism. 2011;8(58)

More Frequent Chocolate Consumption is Linked to Better Word Memory

Circulation. 2012; 126: A16156.

Chocolate increases cerebral blood flow

“A single acute serving of flavanol-rich cocoa showed that flavanol-rich cocoa can increase cerebral blood flow.” Journal Cardiovascular Pharmacology. 2006; 47 Suppl2:S215-20.

Chocolate lowers risk of diabetes

Chocolate Consumption is Associated with a Lower Risk of Diabetes Melitus in the Physicians’ Health Study.  Circulation. 2013;127:AP053

Chocolate promotes immunity

“We conclude that [cocoa procyanidins] are potent stimulators of both the innate immune system and early events in adaptive immunity.” Experimental Biology and Medicine. 2007 Feb; 232(2):293-300.

Chocolate helps prevent cardiovascular disease

The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of dark chocolate consumption as prevention therapy in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. BMJ 2012;344:e3657

Chocolate intake associated with lower BMI

Greater frequency of chocolate intake is associated with lower BMI. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172:519-521

Cancer prevention  with flavonols. Dietary flavonoids, combined with other components such as various vitamins, play an important role in cancer prevention

Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part C, Environmental Carcinogenic and Ecotoxicology Reviews,  2011;29(1):1-31. doi: 10.1080/10590501.2011.551317. Source: Department of Stomatology, First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

Dark chocolate increases coronary artery blood flow

“Dark chocolate supports coronary vascular function… These immediate beneficial effects were paralleled by a significant reduction of oxidative stress.” Circulation. 2007 Nov 20; 116(21): 2376-82.

Chocolate protects heart and vascular system

“Increasing evidence from experimental and clinical studies using cocoa-derived products and chocolate suggest an important role for these high-flavanol foods in heart and vascular protection.” Nutrition Reviews. 2006 Mar; 64(3):109-18.

Chocolate flavonols improve skin blood circulation

Dietary flavanols from cocoa contribute to improved [skin] blood circulation, and affect cosmetically relevant skin surface variables.” Journal of Nutrition. 2006 Jun; 136(6): 1565-9.

Glucose levels stabilized with chocolate

“These results indicate that cocoa may possess potential effects on blood-glucose levels.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2005 Apr 8: 98(1-2):55-60

Blood pressure reduced and insulin sensitivity increased with chocolate

Blood Pressure Is Reduced and Insulin Sensitivity Increased in Glucose-Intolerant, Hypertensive Subjects after 15 Days of Consuming High-Polyphenol Dark Chocolate. Journal of Nutrition. September 2008 vol. 138 no. 9 1671-1676.

Cocoa flavonols improve visual and cognitive functions

School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading, United Kingdom, and Centre for Integrative Neuroscience & Neurodynamics School of Psychology and Clinical Language Science, University of Reading, RG6 6AL, U.K.

Chocolate promotes cardiac and metabolic health

Chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2011;343:d4448.