Cocoa - Long Term Heart Benefits

Harry Hirsute

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"A new study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology found that regular consumption of a special Mars, Inc., cocoa containing cocoa flavanols may have a sustained benefit on blood vessel health. This is the first study to suggest the cardiovascular benefits of flavanol-rich cocoa could be long-term."

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-03/wsw-nss030607.php
 

Xania

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Harry, my husband expressed an interest in this flavanol-rich type of cocoa - we wondered where to find a supplier. Do you have any ideas?
 

Harry Hirsute

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suggestion for Xania

Xania,

I would see if your local health food store carries an organic 100% pure cocoa powder.

This is one example of such a product:

http://www.nowfoods.com/index.php?action=itemdetail&item_id=74399

Around here, in California, there are several health food markets that carry a few other brands of similar products.

This is the one I've used most recently:

http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prmenbr=172832&prrfnbr=216861

I like these powders because it's easy to make hot cocoa with them.

HH
 

Xania

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Yes, I can get organic cocoa powder. I thought it had to be a special kind? I admit I don't know enough about it!
 

Harry Hirsute

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follow-up for Xania

Xania,

You're quite correct, they used a specific extract in this and other recent studies. But, I think it's reasonable to assume that many of the health-benefits attributed to this extract can also be expected for other forms of concentrated cocoa (like 100% pure cocoa powder).

Part of the reason they used a specific extract was to promote a more scientific approach to the studies. By using a standardized product, they remove some of the variables that naturally occur when testing (non-standardized) natural products.

BTW, one reason why I won't use the MARS extract is because it's not organic. I prefer the natural variations found in organic cocoa ... and without all the goodies that come with non-organic sources.

In the future, I think we'll see some natural food manufacturers produce organic versions of the MARS original. It's even possible that MARS may decide to manufacture such a product - if there's enough demand.
 

Xania

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Aha - a man after my own heart. It must be organic! That is our creed for all our foods.
 
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