|Cranberry Juice And Dark Chocolate: Two Easy Ways To Boost Good Health
By: Connie Limon
Recent studies done at The Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health reveal that the
chemical in cocoa beans has a biochemical effect similar to
aspirin in reducing platelet clumping, which can be fatal if a
clot forms and blocks a blood vessel, causing a heart attack.
Diane Becker, M.P.H., Sc.D., a professor at The Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public
Health says that these findings are not intended as a
prescription to eat large amounts of chocolate candy.
Large amounts of chocolate candy also contain large amounts of
sugar, butter and cream. However, as little as two tablespoons
of dark chocolate a day may be beneficial to our health. Dark
chocolate is the purest form of the candy and is made from dried
extract of roasted coca beans.
Eating a small amount of chocolate or having a drink of hot
cocoa as part of a regular diet is probably good for your
health. Be wise and do not eat too much chocolate, especially
too much of the kind with lots of butter and sugar. Dark
chocolate in small amounts is acceptable and beneficial to good
health in persons who practice good health habits otherwise.
The body part most benefited by small amounts of dark
chocolate, according to these researchers' findings is the
"heart." The results really point out that a modest dietary
practice can have a huge impact on blood and potentially on the
health of people at a mildly elevated risk of heart disease.
Researchers emphasize the fact that one single healthy dietary
practice cannot be done alone. We must balance our small daily
amounts of "dark chocolate" with exercise and other healthy
lifestyle practices to reap the rewards of a healthier heart.
Another easy way of boosting good health is the daily
consumption of cranberries. Cranberries are among the top foods
with proven health benefits, according to Amy Howell, a
researcher at Rutgers University. Cranberries are full of
antioxidants. Antioxidants are instrumental in protecting cells
from damage from molecules called "free radicals."
Research on the cranberry's effects on heart disease, yeast
infections and other conditions such as cancer, stroke and viral
infections has so far found that drinking cranberry juice can
block urinary infections. A compound called "proanthocyanidine"
prevents plaque formation on teeth. As a result of this finding
mouthwashes containing the compound proanthocyanidine are being
developed to prevent periodontal disease.
Studies have also shown that in some people regular cranberry
juice consumption for months can kill the H.pylori bacteria,
which can cause stomach cancer and ulcers.
Drinking cranberry juice daily may increase levels of HDL, or
good cholesterol and reduce levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol.
Cranberries may prevent tumors from growing rapidly or starting
in the first place.
So I guess the moral to this story is add a little dark
chocolate to your already healthy diet and lifestyle practices
plus drink a glass of cranberry juice daily. I wouldn't advise
to consume those two items at the same time; however, you might
eat some dark chocolate in the morning with your morning coffee
and several hours later as a snack drink a glass of cranberry
juice. That sounds easy enough!
I just wish they would discover peanut butter fudge eaten in
LARGE quantities was good for our health because peanut butter
fudge is my favorite to drink with morning coffee.
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About The Author: Connie Limon, Trilogy Field Representative.
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