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Chocolate, Red Wine to Save Your Heart! Think Again

by Dr. Reeja Tharu on  October 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM Health Watch   - G J E 4
It has been claimed that red wine and chocolates have the ability to protect the heart, though experts think otherwise!
Chocolate, Red Wine to Save Your Heart! Think Again
Chocolate, Red Wine to Save Your Heart! Think Again
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Steffen Desch from the University Of Leipzig Heart†Center†- Germany, refuses to accept†a study, which suggests†that chocolate and red wine†††lower cardiac risk by 37 percent, saying that the results are†merely†signs, not proof!

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Some studies have been carried out which proclaim†that chocolate lowers blood pressure and controls†inflammation within the body. But Desch remains unperturbed,†saying that he would not†recommend dark chocolate as prevention or a treatment choice for†cardiovascular disease as there is no compelling evidence that supports the claim. He believes that the calories contained in chocolate are likely to negate any protection to the heart. Desch believes that a more conclusive study is required to test the potency of†real chocolate as against a dummy substance that tastes like chocolate.

Similarly, any benefit got from moderate consumption of red wine is miniscule†and outweighs the negative effects of drinking too much. Though proposed to help heart health, scientists believe that there is no single ingredient in red wine that works wonders for the heart. They have also taken into consideration†resveratrol, a red wine component, highly publisized as an agent for†heart health and anti-ageing.

Eric Sijbrands of Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam carried out†a series of studies to replicate the positive effect of resveratrol on the†heart. His efforts, sadly, failed!

Sijbrands†is cautious and says that he would never†actively prescribe red wine for a heart condition. He states that any health improvement from†moderate consumption of†red wine is likely to be†outweighed by the adverse effects of excessive†drinking!

These findings by experts†were presented at the European Congress of Cardiology that took place in†Munich.

That the results are†merely†signs, not proof!

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