• Chocolate is among the most delicious food to eat, especially for youthful people.
  • Despite harmful role because of sugary content, recent studies showed that cocoa of chocolate may improve heart work, metabolism and brain performance.
  •  It can prevent many cardiac and brain diseases due to its antioxidative ingredients and improve lipid profile.

Medical researchers have identified a compound that may reduce the risk of a dangerous type of heart rhythm that can lead to strokes, dementia, heart failure and early death. ( British Medical Journal, 2016)

In a study of more than 55,000 Danish men and women who were tracked for up to 16 years, people who used this compound were up to 20% less likely to experience the heart condition. In general, the higher the dose, the lower the risk. (Elizabeth Mostofsky, Harvard School of Public Health)

This miracle drug is called chocolate. Chocolate were found to prevent some cases of the dangerous heart rhythm, called atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is believed to result from the release of certain molecules that ultimately damage heart tissue. That damage changes the way electrical signals travel through the chambers of the heart, causing one’s heartbeat to flutter instead of beating in a steady rhythm. (American Journal of Cardiology, August issue 2015)

Ingredients in chocolate such as cocoa are known to counteract some of these problems. For instance, chocolate contains polyphenols called flavanols that can prevent the kind of inflammation that can lead to tissue damage. They may also counteract the clots that could form when an irregular heartbeat allows blood to pool up in the heart. Flavanols also improve blood vessel function, improves our mood, fights infertility, boosts immunity, protect skin and have cancer fighting properties. (Rashed Latif, Netherlands Journal of Medicine)

Recently scientist proved that cocoa eases Parkinson’s, because it contains phenylethylamine, which has been shown to increase the release of dopamine. Also Flavanols of cocoa assist production of nitric oxide which in turn trigger the arterial wall muscles to relax help tackle cholesterol levels and blood flow by improving the elasticity of blood vessels. (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2013 edition).
Flavonoids contained in Chocolate is thought to calm symptoms of fatigue in Multiple sclerosis disease due to its antioxidative properties. Chocolate is among factors that shape human microbiome and affects gene expression that may have implication in health and diseases. (Dr Alf Lindberg, Cambridge Nutraceuticals).

Chocolate due to its high content of antioxidative polyphenols help stave off Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, migraine, and other neurodegenerative diseases. It prevents clumps of proteins from building up and damaging nerve cells. So chocolate improve memory, boost concentration and prevents complication in blood vessels of brain.  (Dr Giulio Maria Pasinetti, Mount Sinai Hospital New York).
Despite having beneficial effects on atrial fibrillation, chocolate had been found to be lower the incidence of diabetes and obesity, through improving HDL/LDL cholesterol ratio. (Dr. Rachel Bond, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City).

After all these scientific observations, we conclude that there is a potential link with higher intake of chocolate consumption and less development of atrial fibrillation events. But experts believe that health of heart does not only rely on consuming chocolate, it is also reliable on other factors such as diet, exercise etc. So we should not overeat chocolate, but rather consume it in moderate amount and try to consume a highly fibrotic-dark chocolate that is not caloric. (World Health Organization recommendation, 2016)

 

COPYRIGHT: This article is property of We Speak Science, a nonprofit institution co-founded by Dr. Detina Zalli (Harvard University) and Dr. Argita Zalli (Imperial College London). The article is written by Vedat Sunguri ( Master of Pharmacy, University of Pristina) .


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