Chocolate protects a heart and vessels

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dc.contributor.author Chudzińska, Małgorzata
dc.contributor.author Pietrzak, Jarosław
dc.contributor.author Węglarz, Magdalena
dc.contributor.author Wołowiec, Łukasz
dc.contributor.author Rogowicz, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Żukow, Walery
dc.contributor.author Sinkiewicz, Władysław
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-10T11:52:14Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-10T11:52:14Z
dc.date.issued 2017-08-04
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Education, Health and Sport, No. 8, Vol. 7, pp. 510-524
dc.identifier.issn 2391-8306
dc.identifier.other doi:10.5281/zenodo.885493
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/4804
dc.description.abstract A healthy diet plays a key role in the prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases. Atherosclerosis and its complications are nowadays one of the leading causes of death in the western population. Among numerous factors known for slowing down the progression of the disease is the consumption of vegetables, fruits and chocolate rich in multiring compounds called polyphenols. Chocolate is a source of catechins, epicatechins and procyanidins. Recently, several studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of dark chocolate in management of hypertension by hypotensive effect associated with vasorelaxation mediated most likely by the stimulation of nitric oxide production in the vascular wall. Cocoa and its derivatives have also strong antioxidative properties resulting in enhancement of the total antioxidant potential and inhibition of lipid peroxidation. It was also demonstrated that cocoa polyphenols have a favourable antithrombotic effect connected with the inhibition of platelet activation. Chocolate may diminish insulin resistance and inhibit inflammatory process. Cocoa improves also psychical well being. This pleiotropic activity of cocoa results in slowing down the progression and limiting the complications of atherosclerosis in regular chocolate consumers.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
dc.subject chocolate
dc.subject cocoa
dc.subject atherosclerosis
dc.subject pleiotropic activity
dc.title Chocolate protects a heart and vessels
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

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