Chocolate is an even more romantic gift for your spouse — just not for the reason you might think.
A new study suggests there’s a link between eating chocolate and a decrease of between 11% and 20% in “artrial fibrillation,” a heart flutter or irregular heart beat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other complications. The study, published in the BMJ (formerly, the British Medical Journal) is based on more than 55,500 participants who had also provided information on their chocolate intake. Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice, affecting between 2.7 million and 6.1 million people in the U.S. and 8.8 million people in the European Union.
The authors looked at the frequency of participants who ate one-ounce bars of chocolate with the following frequency: one per month, one every three months, two to six times a week and one day per week. Among women, the strongest association between chocolate and a decrease in artrial fibrillation was seen for one serving of chocolate per week and, among men, the strongest association was 2 to 6 servings per week. The results were similar across levels of history of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, but were different for the 284 individuals with diabetes.
“Moderate consumption of cocoa and cocoa-containing foods may promote cardiovascular health due to their high content of flavanols,” the study found. Flavanols are plant-based nutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Read the full article from the Source…