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Health benefits of dark chocolate

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There have been a couple of scientific studies on the potential health benefits of dark chocolate reported recently:

Dark chocolate consumption improves leukocyte adhesion factors and vascular function in overweight men (Mar 2014), The FASEB Journal, 28(3), 1464-1473

The effect of acute dark chocolate consumption on carbohydrate metabolism and performance during rest and exercise (2014), Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 39(2): 173-182

Dark chocolate and vascular function in patients with peripheral artery disease: A randomized, controlled cross-over trial (Feb 2014), Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation

Dark Chocolate ‘Treats’ Vasculature, but Added Flavanols Don’t Help, MedScape

These studies are, in general, small scale and the results are somewhat ambiguous.  But I don’t need to wait for the science to catch up and I’m starting a supplementation routine now.

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