Monday, February 15, 2010

WRINKLES and Chocolate - mmm...yum. The right type of chocolate not only tickles the taste buds but also smoothes the skin, thanks to its high levels of flavanoids. British scientists reveal dark chocolate's latest benefit just in time for us to eat all our Valentines Chocolate. But, beware!

This "special" chocolate which has been used medicinally for over 3,000 yrs variously used as treatment for angina, dysentery, fevers, constipation and a host of other illnesses. A Harvard professor discovered that high-flavanol cocoa relaxes blood vessels, thereby acting as a protectant against heart disease and hypertension. They emphasized it has to be high-flavanol chocolate.

Until recently most health research with chocolate was done using unsweetened cocoa or specially formulated high-flavinol, since ordinary candy has had the flavinols removed because they have such a bitter taste. Companies like Mars and Nestles, however, now provide high-flavonal chocolate in highly palatable form. Mars, for example markets Dove Dark, which is made with a proprietary specially processed cocoa that is so high in anti-oxidants that it is used in medical research

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