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Chocolate for AAH page

The American Botanical Council (ABC) is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs and medicinal plants. As an independent, nonprofit education organization, ABC is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.

Please enjoy this information on chocolate made available through the generosity of Mars Botanicals’ adoption.

Chocolate for AAH

Theobroma cacao is an evergreen tree in the mallow family (Malvaceae) and is native to tropical Central and South America. Chocolate, or cocoa, contains flavanols that improve circulation, lower high blood pressure, and reduce the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease.

Additional ABC Chocolate Resources 

HerbClip reviews

Chocolate Consumption is Associated with Lower Cardiac Mortality after Acute Myocardial Infarction. HC# 090192-391, 12/31/2009.

Daily Dark Chocolate Consumption Modifies the Metabolism of Healthy Humans. HC# 110191-389, 11/30/2009.

Summary of the Cardiovascular Effects of Cocoa Consumption. HC# 050195-384, 9/15/2008.

Effects of Dark Chocolate Consumption on Anti-inflammatory Marker in Healthy Italians. HC# 100181-363,

Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Consumption Improves Endothelial Function in Healthy Adults. HC# 080181-359, 8/31/2008.

Regular Consumption of Dark Chocolate May Benefit Cardiovascular Health. HC# 45259-352, 5/15/2008.


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