Published on: February 7, 2017
by Charlie Moore for Daily Mail:
A groundbreaking new pill that can help cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and dementia is now available in the UK – and it’s made entirely out of chocolate.
Flavanols extracted from cocoa help tackle cholesterol levels and blood flow.
But to get an effective dose you would have to gorge on 400g of dark chocolate, containing a whopping 2,429 calories.
Now a pill that has contains the condensed anti-oxidant nutrients in their purest form has hit the shelves in Britain.
BloodFlow+ is the first ever chocolate pill in the UK and is aimed at those suffering from heart problems.
Research by the Royal Society of Chemistry proved that flavanols assist production of nitric oxide which in turn trigger the arterial wall muscles to relax.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) accepted it improved blood flow and the transference of oxygen and nutrients to the body.
Dr Alf Lindberg, advisor of Cambridge Nutraceuticals, a research company, said: ‘We believe this is the way forward.
‘New analysis is showing there are powerful compounds in many natural nutrients that could help maintain the health of everyone.
‘We support the huge amount of research has gone into Blood Flow+ and we are delighted that it is the first cocoa flavanol product officially allowed to claim it benefits heart health.
‘Maintaining the elasticity of blood vessels is very important.
‘Even slightly elevated blood pressure in midlife is linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and dementia.
‘Increased blood pressure in middle age is in part due to increased vascular stiffness and current blood pressure treatments are not very effective at reversing or preventing vascular stiffness.
‘Cocoa flavanols and some other dietary polyphenols likely confer benefits that current antihypertensives do not.’
Each year 17.5 million people die from cardiovascular diseases, 31 percent of all deaths globally.
US government scientists are also currently studying the benefits of cocoa flavanols, which are believed to improve blood vessel elasticity by 23 per cent.
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