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Eating chocolate may halve risk of dying

According to this Dutch Study reported in New Scientist, regular consumption of cocoa may lower blood pressure and halve the risk of dying.

The study was carried out over a 15 year period and focused on men aged over 65. Those men that consumed the most cocoa were half as likely to die from a heart attack. It seems cocoa-containing antioxidant chemicals, called flavanols, may be the cause. “Flavan-3-ols have a positive effect on endothelial function [the function of cells lining the blood vessels] improving the elasticity of the blood vessels so that they respond better to changes in the blood stream.

Good news indeed for chocoholics – but don’t get your hopes up. Low cost life insurance for choc-lovers is still a long way off.

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