Flavanols, a subgroup of dietary plant-derived bioactives, have shown that a higher intake of flavanol-containing foods can improve arterial function in individuals at risk for CVD and with established CVD. Cocoa Flavanols are a unique blend of phytonutrients that can only be found in the cocoa bean and cocoa extract supplements. Cocoa flavanols are the beneficial phytonutrients (also known as plant-based nutrients) found naturally in cocoa, Cocoa Flavanol (CF) intake has the potential to support the maintenance of cardiovascular health.The observed cardiovascular benefits include the recovery of endothelial function, a decrease in blood pressure (BP) and improvements in lipids and insulin resistance. Cocoa Flavanols are scientifically proven to help support healthy circulation, which is important for overall health as well as cardiovascular health, cognitive health, skin health, blood flow and exercise performance.
- The results in the present study show that Cocoa Flavanol (CF) intake led to a significant decrease in SBP and DBP in healthy individuals. This decrease in Blood Pressure (BP) was detected in central and peripheral arteries.
- In a study, the PWV (pulse wave velocity) significantly decreased toward values that are usually seen in persons several years younger. The parallel changes in central BP and AIX suggest that this may have positive effects on cardiac function. The strong association between ageing and increases in PWV (pulse wave velocity) as a marker for vascular stiffness supports that PWV (pulse wave velocity) is a marker of vascular age.
- Study suggests that the endothelial functional improvements because of Cocoa flavanol (CF) intake are similar in effect size, or even greater, compared with established primary and secondary preventive strategies
- A meta-analysis investigating the effects of cocoa products on lipids in diverse populations suggested an overall total and LDL-cholesterol-lowering effect of 0·2 mmol/l but no significant effect on HDL-cholesterol
List of Cocoa Flavanol Products
|Baker’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolate Bar All Natural||Hershey’s Cocoa – Natural Unsweetened||Rapunzel Organic Cocoa Powder|
|Cacao by Advanced Physician Formulas||Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa Supreme Dark||Reserveage CocoaWell|
|CocoaVia Sweetened Dark Chocolate flavored mix||Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs||Source Naturals ChocoLift|
|Endangered Species Chocolate Natural Dark Chocolate||Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder||Sunfood Raw Cacao Powder|
|Ghirardelli 100% Unsweetened Cocoa||Nestle Toll House Cocoa||Swanson Full Spectrum Cacao|
|Ghirardelli Chcolate Intense Dark Twilight Delight||NOW Certified Organic Cocoa Powder||Trader Joe’s 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate|
|Green & Black’s ORGANIC 85% Cacao Bar||NuNaturals Pure Liquid Cocoa Bean Extract||Trader Joe’s Cocoa Powder Unsweetened|
|Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate|