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October 23, 2017

By A. Weinberg, Contributing Columnist

When I think of childhood, part of my memories
encompass sitting at the dining room table, sipping a cup
of hot cocoa.

I would stare out the window, being grateful I wasn’t in
the thick of the ever present rain of Washington state.

I didn’t really think the cocoa was doing me any good,
much less preventing disease.  

In fact, in the 90s people mostly talked about how most
chocolate was bad for you, as the substance is full of
sugar and also a “junk food.”

Sometimes I ate dark chocolate without sugar along with
oranges, but didn’t think much of that either.

In fact, in the 90s people mostly was sparse. People didn’t
really talk about how the stuff was packed with
polyphenols, our anti-oxidant friends.

Nowadays, people are more up to date about just what is
in cocoa (and chocolate). We now know that cocoa is rich
in procyanidins, theobromine, epicatechin, catechins, and

In the 1500s, people knew all kinds of medicinal uses for
cocoa, but somehow we are just recently remembering
those uses now.

In South America and Central America, The Olmec, Maya
and Aztec tribes used chocolate as a primary remedy and
as a vehicle to deliver other medicines. These practices
were later diffused to Europe in the mid 1500s.

According to a 2014 report by T.L. Dillinger from the
University of Davis, California, some older common
medicinal uses for chocolate included: stimulating the
nervous system of weak patients, improving digestion, and
reducing mental fatigue.

Some of those uses still apply to modern times. Read on to
learn more about what scientists say chocolate can do for
you right now.

Kidney disease
If you have chronic kidney disease, cocoa may be the thing
that lifts you back up.

In a 2016 report by Carmine Zoccali from the Institute of
Clinical Physiology in Calabria Italy, cocoa flavonoids were
confirmed to mitigate the negative effects of dialysis.

When tested at baseline and during chronic treatment,
cocoa seems to also improve fibromuscular dysplasia,
abnormal cell growth that can occur in renal or carotid

The flu

If you’re feeling a really awful flu virus, the best thing
might be to have a steaming cup of hot cocoa. The
flavonoid-filled substance is great for a general
antimicrobial effect, but according to a 2016 report by M.
Kamei from the Osaka Prefectural Institute of Public Health
in Japan, influenza may be especially positively affected.

In one study, participants were given a mix of cocoa
powder and boiling water three weeks before and three
weeks after a flu vaccination.

Natural antibodies were at a similar level in both groups,
but natural killer cells, a key ingredient for protecting the
immune system, were much higher in the cocoa group.
Researchers concluded, therefore, that the chocolate-y
drink both activated natural immunity and enhanced
vaccination-induced immune response.

High Blood Pressure

Many flavonoids, contained in both cocoa and other plants,
have been shown to attenuate a rise in or reduce blood
pressure during several pathological conditions.

They serve their function by restoring endothelial function.

According to a 2016 report by J.L. Clark from the
University of Manitoba in Canada, quercetin, a main
ingredient in many cocoa products, has the most
consistent blood-pressure lowering effect.

Alzheimer's Disease

Neuro-toxicity, which occurs in Alzheimer's Disease, often
has to do with oxidative stress. The role of preventing and
reducing the effects of the illness has a lot to do with diet.

The polyphenols in cocoa, for example, have confirmed
antioxidant properties and trigger neuro-protection.

Dr. Anna Marie Cimini from the University of L’Aquila in
Italy concluded that cocoa was a preventative agent for
neurodegeneration, in her 2013 report.


Chocolate has general positive benefits on cardiovascular
health. And amazingly, the yummy treat specifically
reduces the risk of a stroke. (As do black and green tea, as
they contain some of the same magical polyphenols.)

Cocoa has benefits for endothelial function and insulin
sensitivity. In a 2014 report, S.C. Larsson from the Kavo
Linser Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden recommends the
moderate consumption of dark chocolate, tea, and filtered
coffee (but not all at once), to avoid strokes.


Good news everyone: those polyphenolic compounds in
cocoa are potentially chemopreventive and are a
therapeutic natural agent.

According to a 2013 report by M.A. Martin at the Institute
of Food Science and Technology and nutrition in Madrid,
Spain, consuming chocolate interferes with the initiation,
promotion, and progression of cancer.

Various studies confirm that cocoa influences biological
functions by in vitro/in vivo mechanisms that eliminate
free radicals, as well as stimulate cell death and reduce
proliferation of cancer cells and inflammation.

Modulate Intestinal Inflammation

A nice hot cup of cocoa could calm the tummy. A 2014
study looked at the effects of polyphenols on intestinal
inflammation N. Nicod and researchers from the
Laboratory of Functional Foods in Madrid Institute for
Advanced Studies in Spain discovered that the polyphenols
present in cocoa (as well as green tea and wine), when
administered at a dietary dose, improved intestinal
inflammation. They also found that, while there are many
studies that cocoa raises cholesterol, their results were to
the contrary. In small doses, cocoa may actually improve
heart health.  

Reduces Insomnia

Cocoa contains a magical ingredient: magnesium.

According to Dr. Natasha Turner, Toronto-based doctor
and author of The Hormone Diet, magnesium deficiency
can result in difficulty sleeping.

Luckily unsweetened cocoa powder contains 500
milligrams of magnesium per 100 gram serving.

Make sure you are consuming bitter chocolate or cocoa
product, as many contain high levels of sugar, which can
actually interfere with sleep.

Helps Insulin Resistance Profile in Diabetes Patients

Again, make sure in this case you are consuming low or no
sugar products.

However, polyphenol-rich natural products are great for
diabetes and cocoa is no exception.

The chocolate delight modulates carb-metabolizing activity
by enhancing insulin-releasing activity and glucose uptake.
In 2015, D. Grassi from the University of L’Aquila in
Coppito, Italy, also points out that insulin regulation
negatively affects endothelial function, which is related to
many things mentioned above, including heart disease and
kidney failure.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Diabetics are also especially benefitted by cocoa when their
cholesterol levels are improved.

In 2010, D.D. Mellor from the University of Hull in the U.K.
found that cholesterol was effective in improving
atherosclerotic cholesterol levels without affecting weight,
inflammatory markers, insulin resistance, and glycemic

However, cocoa isn’t just beneficial for diabetics. As we've
seen, this polyphenol-packed wonder has the potential to
benefit everybody.    

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