I recently read a study with Dr. Norman Hollenberg titled “Does Flavanol Intake Influence Mortality from Nitric Oxide-Dependent Processes? Ischemic Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cancer in Panama”. What stood out to me was this mention, “Substantial data suggest that flavonoid-rich food could help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer.”
Even more interesting, Cocoa Flavanols may offer benefits to the brain. This is huge for those with cognitive decline as this could be important for learning and memory.
“A special cocoa made to retain naturally occurring compounds called flavanols may have the potential to help maintain healthy brain function and chart the course for future research that could lead to new solutions for preventing cognitive decline and dementia, according to a panel of scientists who presented new data at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).”
Cocoa Flavanols are found in unprocessed cocoa or chocolate. You will not find flavanol rich dark chocolate in the candy aisle or even in your local health food store. Thankfully there is a 10 year old company that makes flavanol rich Beyond Healthy Chocolates. The flavanol content is listed on each product and verified with a third party source. Healthy Chocolate Company uses a patented process that does not heat, keeping in the antioxidant and flavanol content found in raw cacao.
“Our study showed that acute consumption of this particular flavanol-rich cocoa beverage was associated with increased blood flow to grey matter for 2 to 3 hours,” Macdonald said. “This raises the possibility that certain food components like cocoa flavanols may be beneficial in increasing brain blood flow and enhancing brain function among older adults or for others in situations where they may be cognitively impaired, such as fatigue or sleep deprivation.”
Among cacao’s most impressive phytonutrients are several types of polyphenols, largely recognized as some of the most powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds known today. The most powerful and prominent polyphenols in cacao are flavanols.
Hundreds of studies have found that flavanols possess distinct and powerful properties, including the ability to:
- Minimize inflammation throughout the body
- Slow free radicals
- Protect the heart and blood vessels
- Support the immune system
- Promote antibacterial/antiviral activity in the body
- Relax and dilate blood vessels
- Modify blood sugar levels
- Protect the brain
- Preserve cellular integrity
- Protect and repair the liver
- Positively modify hormone activity
- and much more!
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Bayard V, Chamorro F, Motta J, Hollenberg NK. Does Flavanol Intake Influence Mortality from Nitric Oxide-Dependent Processes? Ischemic Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cancer in Panama. Int J Med Sci 2007; 4:53-58. http://www.medsci.org/v04p0053.htm