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The antioxidant quantitative data from the present study show that the flavonol content of RU and RF are higher when compared to that of GT, with flavanol
content of GT higher than that of RU and RF.
This study confirms the results of a similar study in 2006 which found that UV induced erythema was significantly decreased after regular intake of high flavanol
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More than 1,100 volunteers ate chocolate flavanols
in 119 different medical trials.
Furthermore, the increased level of erythrocyte deformability observed in this study suggests improvements in blood flow as well as oxygenation in individual organs, similarly as has been recently observed in humans after two-week cocoa flavanol
"We know that flavanols
and the compounds they're metabolized into can cross into the brain and improve blood flow there," says Harvard flavanol
researcher Naomi Deirdre Fisher.
While you might assume the darker the chocolate, the higher the flavanol
content, this isn't necessarily so.
(39), 19 hypertensive patients with glucose tolerance disorder were randomized and a group of patients were given 100 grams of bitter chocolate rich in flavanol
for 15 days and the other group was given the same amount of flavanol-free white chocolate.
Researchers say the chemicals, called flavanols
, can be turned into medication to prevent or treat the condition.
While the effects tended to be fairly subtle in young, healthy study participants, several studies noted that long-term cocoa flavanol
consumption in elderly study participants helped them quite a bit.
The neuroprotective effects of cocoa flavanol
and its influence on cognitive performance.