Chocolate Linked to Decreased Risk of Irregular Heart Rhythm

As published by Scientific American,  Andrew M. Seaman

People who ate cocoa one to three times a month less likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, study shows.

“As part of a healthy diet, moderate intake of chocolate is a healthy snack choice,” said lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

 

 

 

The study cannot say for certain that it was the chocolate that prevented atrial fibrillation, however.

Mostofsky and colleagues write in the journal Heart that eating cocoa and cocoa-containing foods may help heart health because they have a high volume of flavanols, which are compounds that are believed to have anti-inflammatory, blood vessel-relaxing and anti-oxidant properties.

Past studies have that found eating chocolate – especially dark chocolate, which has more flavanols – is tied to better measures of heart health and decreased risk for certain conditions like heart attacks and heart failure, they add.

Read more at: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/chocolate-linked-to-decreased-risk-of-irregular-heart-rhythm/

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