From Ronald Hoffman, MD.
It sounds too good to be true, but the data from Harvard, Columbia, and other research institutions are clear. Cocoa flavanols deliver extraordinary cardio benefits! Can you think of another nutrient, supplement, or drug shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death by 27% while also supporting exercise performance?
Flavanol benefits are so compelling that new U.S. dietary guidelines from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend consuming 400 to 600mg of flavanols daily for improved cardiometabolic health, including lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. The guidelines are based on 157 controlled studies! Benefits of flavanols on brain function, generally seen with 500mg to 1,000mg daily, are beyond the scope of the current guidelines.
Cardio benefits of cocoa flavanols are far-reaching! Here is a look at the benefits and supporting scientific evidence:
Decrease Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, and Death: Harvard Medical School’s massive 21,400-person, five-year, placebo-controlled study of daily cocoa flavanol consumption (500mg) is one of the largest controlled studies of any nutrient, supplement, or drug of all time! And the results are even more impressive.
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