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Scientists Identify the Cocoa’s Potential Heart Benefits

A new study made at Japan says that “the polyphenol-rich cocoa powder has the potential to boost up the good cholesterol levels”. The study very well explains the heart benefits of cocoa.

The study was performed at Japanese company by name, Meiji Seika Kaisha by the researchers of the Food and Health R&D Laboratories. The study showed the potential ability of cocoa in boosting the good cholesterol levels which is in relation to boosting the levels of a protein compound called apolipoprotein AI (Apo-AI), which is usually required to raise good cholesterol levels.

The findings of this study were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. It said that “Cholesterol metabolism is regulated by various mechanisms in the body, these cocoa polyphenols act on these various pathways as ligands and perform the similar function as plant polyphenols. This therefore helps in supporting the heart health as cocoa polyphenols help raise good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol levels in the body.”

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