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There has been a lot of publicity regarding chocolate as a neutraceutical lately. It does contain anthocyanadins which is a type of flavenoid, and this mainly applies to dark chocolate. In several studies it has been shown that those people who consume the largest amount of dark chocolate tend to have less heart disease and lower blood pressure. I mean let’s face it would you like to take your beta blocker daily or two ounces of dark chocolate. Maybe the drug industry could make their beta blockers in chocolate instead of pill form?

Both chocolate and initial love produce a chemical in the brain called phenyl ethylamine. This has been found to affect many of the ‘feel good’ neuro-transmitters in the brain. The flavenoids in chocolate have also been shown to inhibit platelet aggregation – so is it a chocolate a day or a baby aspirin? You guess who is going to win.

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