Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dark Chocolate may protect DNA from damage

The consumption and enjoyment of rich dark chocolate just may protect DNA from oxidative damage, preventing artery hardening and heart disease, says a new study.
Research says, that consumption of dark chocolate containing 860 milligrams of polyphenols, and 58 milligrams of epicatechin, led to a 20 per cent reduction in DNA damage two hours after consumption.
The study supports an ever growing body of science supporting the cardiovascular benefits of polyphenol-rich chocolate.
For a beneficial dose of flavonoids, which are part of a family of chemically-related antioxidants, make sure it has at least 60 percent cocoa content.