WXTK Better Health Report

WXTK Better Health Report with Joan Trimble

If you or someone you know has Afib or atrial fibrillation, you’ll like this. A Danish study found that chocolate may help to prevent Afib.

The study wasn't designed to prove cause and effect. But they found that compared with people who ate a 1-ounce serving of chocolate less than once a month, the risk of AFib was 10 percent lower among people who ate one to three servings a month, 17 percent lower with those who ate one serving a week, and 20 percent lower among those who ate two to six servings of chocolate a week.

But the benefit then leveled off, with a 16 percent lower risk of Afib among adults who ate one or more 1-ounce servings of chocolate a day. So the “sweet spot” with the most benefit seems to be two to six servings per week.

Other studies have shown that regular consumption of chocolate is associated with less diabetes and high blood pressure.

Chocolate is very high in antioxidants which help protect our cells from damage. The darker the chocolate, the higher the antioxidant value.

Now don’t think that just because you eat chocolate you’re safe and can eat anything else you want. But adding a little dark chocolate to your healthy diet may make a difference.

This is Joan Trimble wishing you wellness.

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