Using sample of 37,103 Swedish men, a team of researchers led by Susanna Larsson, Ph.D., of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, found that men who ate the most chocolate every week are less likely to suffer strokes. Researchers believe men who ate at least 63 grams of chocolate per week could reduce their chances of suffering a stroke by about 17%, compared to men who ate a very little or no chocolate at all on a weekly basis. The study is being published in the journal Neurology on September 18, 2012 issue.
Researchers have followed men in the sample, age from 45 to 79 year old, for duration of about 10 years. Men who consumed chocolate, especially dark chocolate, show health benefits on their cardiovascular which also reduce chance of getting heart attacks.
Dark chocolate contains high amount of flavonoids. This type of ingredients also found in many type of fruits, vegetables, and wine. Eating dark chocolate could also help to lower blood pressure and increase blood flow and healthy blood vessels. Health experts believe that dark chocolate seems to improve the good cholesterol level and reduce the bad cholesterol level.
(Image: Hershey’s dark chocolate)