Dark chocolate may protect from the effects of stroke
Dark chocolate high in epicatechin may protect against brain damage caused by stroke if consumed before stroke occurrence. Not all dark chocolate retains it's epicatechin during processing, so that quality is important. Testing in mice showed less brain damage from ischemic stroke if given epicatechin, which naturally occurs in dark chocolate, 90 min. before a stroke. Researchers are still not sure how much epicatechin is necessary to provide protection. It may be that very little is required. Sylvain Doré, Ph.D. said, ""Epicatechin itself may not be shielding brain cells from free radical damage directly, but instead, epicatechin, and its metabolites, may be prompting the cells to defend themselves."
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