Dark chocolate can protect your heart!
Chocolate-lovers who have suffered a heart attack are almost 70 per cent less likely to die from future cardiac problems than those who rarely eat it.health and fitness Updated: Aug 15, 2009 17:50 IST
A chocolate fix twice a week could be good for heart attacker sufferers, suggests a new study.
The research, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, has found that chocolate-lovers who have suffered a heart attack are almost 70 per cent less likely to die from future cardiac problems than those who rarely eat it.
According to Professor Roger Corder, of Queen Mary, University of London, the optimum dose is about two or three squares a day, reports The Daily Express.
The researchers in Sweden suggested that even indulging in chocolate once a week can nearly halve the risk of death from heart problems.
This is not the first time dark chocolate has come in the good books of doctors. Previous research found that dark chocolate, which is rich in disease-busting antioxidants called flavonoids, could lower the risk of blood clots, protect against bowel cancer and even help prevent premature births.
The yummy treat may also stave off macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in the elderly, and dementia.