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Cocoa Extract 'Targets Big Four'

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007

Epicatechin, a compound found in cocoa, could target four of the major health problems, it has been claimed. New research argues that the nutrient helps to target the risk of stroke, heart failure, cancer and diabetes. 
Norman Hollenberg, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, studied the Kuna people in Panama, who drink up to 40 cups of cocoa a week. He found that they have a ten per cent reduction in the risk of the 'big four'. 
"If these observations predict the future, then we can say without blushing that they are among the most important observations in the history of medicine," Professor Hollenberg said in the journal Chemistry & Industry. 
"We all agree that penicillin and anaesthesia are enormously important. But epicatechin could potentially get rid of four of the five most common diseases in the western world. How important does that make epicatechin? I would say very important." 
Epicatechin is also found in some fruits and vegetables, teas, wine and chocolate.

Source: Diabetes In Control

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