Feeding behavior is of great importance in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Many research centers are conducting research in this direction to define products that can reduce the number of cardiovascular episodes.
Medical journal "Maturitas" published epidemiological study, in which the specialists examined the cardioprotective capabilities of cocoa and chocolate.
Chocolate in its composition contains flavonoids that can reduce the progression of atherosclerosis, and therefore the manifestation of ischemic heart disease.
Due to the antioxidant effect prevents damage to the endothelium (the inner layer of blood vessels), normal release natural regulator of blood pressure - nitric oxide and restores the activity of platelets that affect blood clotting.
Of all the varieties of chocolate a large cardioprotective effect has dark chocolate. The milk and white chocolate - these properties are less pronounced.
Despite all the useful properties of the product, which is more than 3000 years, doctors recommend not to abuse the chocolate because of the high calorie content can lead to increased body mass index, and therefore increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. All things in moderation!