Intake of Cocoa Flavanols Is Good for Heart Health - Top Universities and Mars Unveil New Research Into Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols

Intake of Cocoa Flavanols Is Good for Heart Health - Top Universities and Mars Unveil New Research Into Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols

Universities of Düsseldorf and Reading, along with Mars, have shown that cocoa flavanols can help keep our hearts healthy
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Intake of cocoa flavanols is good for heart health: top universities & @MarsGlobal unveil new research

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 9:45am

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Dusseldorf, Germany, Sept. 9, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The University of Dusseldorf, the University of Reading and Mars, Incorporated have unveiled two new studies revealing that cocoa flavanols can help to keep our hearts healthy. Cocoa flavanols are nutrients found naturally in the cocoa bean.

The research, published in the journals Age and the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN), show that consuming cocoa flavanols can decrease arterial stiffness and increase blood vessel function in healthy people, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease — the number one cause of deaths worldwide.

Mars and the universities conducted the research as part of the FLAVIOLA consortium - a pan-European research project that looks into the benefits of flavanols. 

“With the world population getting older, the incidence of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and stroke will only increase,” says Professor Malte Kelm, Professor of Cardiology, Pulmonary Diseases and Vascular Medicine at University Hospital Düsseldorf and Scientific Director of FLAVIOLA. “It is therefore pivotal that we understand the positive impact diet can have on cardiovascular disease risk. As part of this, we want to know what role flavanol-containing foods could play in maintaining the health of the heart and blood vessels.”

Flavanols are a distinct group of naturally occurring compounds that can be found in a variety of foods such as tea, red wine, blueberries and raw cocoa. Cocoa is an especially rich source of flavanols, and the specific mixture of flavanols that is found in cocoa is unique. Many studies show cocoa flavanols have a range of health benefits, including improved blood flow and cardiovascular health.

For more information, visit Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science at

Find out more about the European FLAVIOLA project here.

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