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Cardiol Rev. 2008 May-Jun;16(3):109-15. doi: 10.1097/CRD.0b013e31815d95e2.

Flavanol-rich cocoa: a cardioprotective nutraceutical.

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Department of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Abstract

A growing number of epidemiologic studies have shown a link between the ingestion of flavonoid-rich cocoa and cardiovascular health benefits. A particular kind of flavonoid found in cocoa, namely flavan-3-ol (flavanol), has recently received more attention in this context. This review discusses the cardioprotective properties of flavanols, and the mechanisms underlying these beneficial actions.

PMID:
18414181
DOI:
10.1097/CRD.0b013e31815d95e2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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