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More Good Chocolately News

Just because it's fun to know we have a reason to eat chocolate all day - for high blood pressure too, yay!     Since it's about chocolate I posted it on this side since it's not really really medical I guess ;)

updated 2 hours, 59 minutes ago
LONDON - Cocoa-rich dark chocolate could be prescribed for people with liver cirrhosis in future, following the latest research to show potential health benefits of chocolate.

Spanish researchers said on Thursday that eating dark chocolate capped the usual after-meal rise in abdominal blood pressure, which can reach dangerous levels in cirrhotic patients and, in severe cases, lead to blood vessel rupture.

Antioxidants called flavanols found in cocoa are believed to be the reason why chocolate is good for blood pressure because the chemicals help the smooth muscle cells of the blood vessels to relax and widen.

A study of 21 patients with end-stage liver disease found those given a meal containing 85 percent-cocoa dark chocolate had a markedly smaller rise in blood pressure in the liver, or portal hypertension, than those given white chocolate.

"This study shows a clear association between eating dark chocolate and (lower) portal hypertension and demonstrates the potential importance of improvements in the management of cirrhotic patients," said Mark Thursz, a professor of hepatology at London's Imperial College.

The results were presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the
Study of the Liver in Vienna and follow a number of earlier scientific studies suggesting that dark chocolate also promotes heart health.

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver as a result of long-term damage. It is caused by various factors, including hepatitis infection and alcohol abuse.
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179856 tn?1333547362
Hey Lauri you know I'll be here so you have to message me!!!!!!!!!  :)
Even if it's ten minutes it sure would be good to say hello in person!!!!!!

(FLG as always you and the Goof and poop threads.......some things never change do they ;)
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475300 tn?1312423126
Do dark chocolate muffins count???  I just gobbled one down and boy was it good!
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250084 tn?1303307435
Lovin this :)

90% is some hard stuff! Tried some last night.

Hey ya Deb!  Looks like I am in NY City in May! Only 2 days, I'll message you ahead, see what's up.  ALWAYS wanted to see NY City :)
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Actually raw organic dark cocoa is the most potent antioxadant know to man
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I LOVE IT!!!!!!   I want a meal with 85% dark chocolate!!  That sounds like MY KIND of a meal, yissiree bub!  Susan400
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White chocolate is something close to pure fat. This sounds like saying beer is good for you, when compared to a control group that drinks an equal volume of moonshine.  
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96938 tn?1189799858
" a meal containing 85 percent-cocoa dark chocolate".  I wonder what the other 15% of the meal was.  This has the potential to turn into a poo thread.
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