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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Healthy Chocolate

All right chocolate lovers I have good news for you! A diet that contains 50 grams of Chocolate per week may decrease your risk of having a stroke by 22% and your chance of death from stroke by 46%.

There are two mechanisms that can cause a stroke (also known as a cerebral vascular accident or CVA). An Ischemic stroke is caused by the blockage of an artery to a region of the nervous system. Because the circulation is blocked the tissue supplied by that artery undergoes a series of changes that makes the tissue less stable and at risk of death.

The other type of stroke is Hemorrhagic. This is when an artery leaks blood causing physical damage to the nervous system.  

Chocolate is rich in antioxidant polyphenols that reduce inflammation. Inflammation of arteries is a risk factor in the development of cerebralvascular disease and cardiovascular disease. Dark chocolate is richer in polyphenols than other types of chocolate. Fruits and vegetables are also rich in polyphenols, however in the realm of polyphenols Berries are Queen.

A smart strategy in stroke prevention involves stress and weight management through regular aerobic exercise and a diet rich in polyphenols, B vitamins and Omega 3 Fatty acids. Think grilled fish and richly colored vegetables with a nibble of dark chocolate and berries for dessert.

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