Studies show that eating chocolate may help prevent these two dangerous heart conditions…
Just in case you needed another reason to eat chocolate…a recent study has found that it may help to reduce and prevent the heart conditions atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
While this may not sound like a big deal, in fact, these common heart conditions can be quite serious, often causing weakness, shortness of breath, heart failure, and sometimes even strokes. Currently, over 2 million people in the U.S. experience atrial fibrillation, and it is especially prevalent in those over 65.
Based on the study results below, it may be a good idea to enjoy some dark chocolate regularly, especially as you age.
How about that for some good health news, for a change? 🙂
Recently, researchers looked at 26,400 men and 29,102 women between the ages of 50-64 years old. At the beginning of the study, they asked them how often they ate chocolate. Then for the next 13.5 years, they monitored the group for who developed two different heart conditions: atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. Here’s what they discovered.
The men and women who ate chocolate at least one to three times a month had a 10% lower risk of either problem than those who never indulged. It was 17% lower for those eating chocolate at least once a week. And it was 20% lower for those averaging two to six servings per week.
Source: Mostofsky E, Berg Johansen M, et al. Chocolate intake and risk of clinically apparent atrial fibrillation: the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study. Heart. 2017 May 23.