Cocoa for Diabetes?June 7th, 2008 - 1:00 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
A cup of hot cocoa may seem like a no-no for people with diabetes, but the beverage may actually serve up a healthy dose of prevention and ward off heart disease. Compounds in cocoa called flavonols improve the function and overall health of blood vessels. Unhealthy blood vessels are a leading cause of cardiovascular complications in people with diabetes.
Flavonols are naturally occurring plant compounds found in chocolate, red wine, fruits and vegetables. A growing body of evidence suggests that cocoa flavonols have circulatory health benefits.
The effect of a specially made flavonol-rich cocoa on patients with stable, treated for the ‘type 2 diabetes’.
The study participants randomly received cocoa containing either 25 milligrams or 321 milligrams of flavonol per serving. They drank the cocoa three times a day for 30 days. Researchers calculated each patient’s blood vessel function.
Patients who drank the high-flavonol cocoa for one month had their blood vessel function improve from severely impaired to normal. Drinking the low-dose flavanol cocoa did not result in any significant changes in blood vessel function.
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