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The emerging role of flavonoid-rich cocoa and chocolate in cardiovascular health and disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16572598     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cocoa and chocolate have recently been found to be rich plant-derived sources of antioxidant flavonoids with beneficial cardiovascular properties. These favorable physiological effects include: antioxidant activity, vasodilation and blood pressure reduction, inhibition of platelet activity, and decreased inflammation. Increasing evidence from experimental and clinical studies using cocoa-derived products and chocolate suggest an important role for these high-flavanol-containing foods in heart and vascular protection.
Mary B Engler; Marguerite M Engler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nutrition reviews     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0029-6643     ISO Abbreviation:  Nutr. Rev.     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-31     Completed Date:  2006-04-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376405     Medline TA:  Nutr Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  109-18     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physiological Nursing, Laboratory of Cardiovascular Physiology, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143-0610, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antioxidants / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use*
Cacao / chemistry*
Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
Flavonoids / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use*
Health Food*
Platelet Activation / drug effects
Vasodilation / drug effects
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antioxidants; 0/Flavonoids

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