Pure cocoa powder may lower the risk for cardiovascular problems among patients with type 2 diabetes, announces a recent press release for Diabetes Support Supplements, a new dietary supplement from ProactiveLife.
Previous research has linked the consumption of pure cocoa powder with an improvement in several important cardiovascular risk factors and a likely reduction of the risk of cardiovascular disease. In a 2011 study published in Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that there is rather strong evidence supporting and demonstrating that cocoa consumption improves cardiovascular risk. In a similar study published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers also at the Harvard School of Public Health discovered that flavonoid-rich pure cocoa powder significantly improves blood pressure, insulin resistance, lipid profiles, and flow-mediated vascular dilation (FMD).
Additionally, as published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, patients with type 2 diabetes who consumed pure cocoa powder experienced a 30 percent increase in arterial blood flow.
Finally, a meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal also concluded the benefits of pure cocoa powder. According to the meta-analysis:
“Five of the seven studies reported a beneficial association between higher levels of chocolate consumption and the risk of cardiometabolic disorders. The highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease (relative risk 0.63 (95% confidence interval 0.44 to 0.90)) and a 29% reduction in stroke compared with the lowest levels.”
ProactiveLife, the makers of Diabetes Support, claim that the supplement contains ten ingredients including pure cocoa powder that naturally lower blood sugar while providing cardiovascular support.
However, both diabetic and non-diabetic individuals must be cautious about the consumption of pure cocoa powder. Consuming cocoa in the form of chocolate can also come with increased calories and high levels of sugar and fat, all of which are detrimental to good health. Eating a high calorie, high fat, high sugar candy bar does not offer the same health benefits as consuming less adulterated pure cocoa powder.
Further research still needs to be conducted to confirm a potentially beneficial effect of pure cocoa powder consumption in both food and supplement sources.
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