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A mere 11 subjects in the study? A sample size (N=30 or greater) is usually needed to conduct scientific analysis. I love dark chocolate, and know there are good and substantiated health benefits from its consumption, but a sample size of 11 seems quite small….
I concur Lee. The sample size, in my opinion, would even preclude much more than offering the abstract (of the research) being published. Though millions may stand to benefit, the article sounds as if a valid, double-blind placebo-controlled study has been performed with a statistically significant N. If 100% achieve the theorized benefit, with this small N, I would strongly have stated that further testing is merited. I also understand the pressures on to publish work to further their endeavors/funding. Next thing you know, Big Pharma will be buying out all cocoa powder manufacturers. LOL
I have been on cocoa therapy for my entire life. I’m afraid to stop for fear of becoming depressed.
Along those same lines of dark chocolate, what percentage of cocoa do you need?
Are we talking milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate milk, etc?
What is “six cocoa flavanol capsules”? What are these capsules makeup?
Do you eat it right before going to the Dr.?
I have 2 bags of Nestle Crunch at home. They don’t last long, but…
If you read the study it says participants were given capsules containing 862 mg of cocoa flavanols. A quick Google search on ‘cocoa flavanols’ turns up all sorts of hits. Amazon appears to have several products, with CocoVia Cardio Health Supplements being one of them. The CocoVia has 500 mg of cocoa flavanols per capsule. They’re not cheap, about 67 cents per capsule, but I suppose that’s a lot cheaper than a Snickers bar. LOL!
I had thought this was common knowledge. Back about 12 years ago, when my father had chronically low blood pressure and my mother had white coat high blood pressure, I used to give my father chicken boullion to raise his and my mother chocolate to lower hers before the home health nurse visited. Maybe the inspiration for these studies comes when they find out what people are actually doing, and want to make a move to ban or patent it.
Exactly my sentiment. And big pharma planted this report or paid to have it done or, most likely, BOTH.
What happens when someone who take highblood pressure medication, eats chocolate? Seems to me that might cause their blood pressure to become too low. So there should be caution given to people taking blood pressure medication, & eating chocolate. Wouldn’t this be considered the same as two drug interactions?
Public reads headline and mentally justifies buying Hersey type milk chocolate, but what they should be buying is 86-92 percent cocoa.
Did the study mention how much chocolate someone had to take to get the most benefit?
The study says participants were given capsules containing 862 mg of CF (Cocoa Flavanols).
Sorry but no way. This is total BS. I can literally feel Clonodine taking effect and can messier the drop after. You can do that with a snickers bar. Click-bait.
Good thing they didn’t say Snickers bars worked for this, but chocolate that actually contains high levels of cocoa (other recent studies have shown 70% or higher). So like you said, a Snickers bar fat and sugar bomb won’t work.
You are not correct Eric.
The study was jointly funded by Hersheys, Godiva, and Gharhibelli.
Are we all supposed to go get chocolate now because that’s one of the items people are not buying in the age of tornado-flation?
I thought turmeric solved every problem in the world. A sprinkle is good on bratwurst but I’m not going to consume it by the lawnmower hopper-full. One aspirin makes my ears ring like a seagull squealing. Coffee benefits are biased due to the people addicted to the psychoactive substance and the market monsters…Coffee uhm, may be causing road rage and snap opinions, flip comments and social discontent. I am serious.
This article as it is presented is irresponsible in my opinion. The caveat about checking with your physician before employing chocolate as a treatment for hypertension is one sentence at the end of the second paragraph. I guarantee that some people will decide to stop taking antihypertensive medication or avoid consulting a physician about their hypertension based upon the large print headline. It’s nice to know about chocolate though.
Terrible study. The cure for heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases is to reduce the inflammation in your body. Everyone should check their hs-CRP levels and keep them under 3.0
The only antioxidant is known to wipe out inflammation in your body indeed is a liposomal form of Astaxanthin in high doses. I took 120mg a day of Valasta (best brand) and my inflammation CRP went from 6 to 2. Disease, cancer, etc cannot thrive if your CRP is low.
Sugar / fructose creates severe inflammation in the body and should be avoided. It was introduced into our food supply in the 60’s in almost everything. Why has cancer jumped from 1 in 72 people to 1 in 2? Keep your sugar intake under 5 grams per 100 grams of food you intake and take Valasta daily and you will most likely never see disease or cancer in your life. Even if you have cancer this will stop the process of it.
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