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Medical Monday 2.17.14: Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate and Red Wine

| February 18, 2014


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Valentine’s Day may be over, but the good news is you don’t have to wait for one particular holiday to enjoy the health benefits of dark chocolate all year long. In fact, eating enough of it could reduce your risk of heart disease and extend your life. Its this week’s Medical Monday. Go ahead take another bite of that dark chocolate bar. Forget apples…Indulging in 100 grams of the dark sweet stuff A DAY could surely keep the doctors and heart disease away say healthcare practitioners. Nadine Lamoreau is a Family Nurse Practitioner for the Aroostook Medical Center and says  “It lowers the risk of it lowers your bad cholesterol which helps to decrease your risk of having heart disease.” Dark chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals that can support your health. They include high concentrations of potassium, copper, magnesium and iron. The copper and potassium help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments. The iron in chocolate protects against iron deficiency anemia, and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.  And if dark chocolate weren’t enough to wet your pallate, perhaps a glass of red wine might do the job. It certainly helps in also reducing heart disease. “It seems to decrease inflammation again in the blood vessels the way the chocolate does,” adds Lamoreau. But before you go out and buy several bottles of red wine and several bars of dark chocolate Lamoreau everything should be eaten or drank in moderation to get the health benefits. And finally she says don’t abandon an all inclusive healthy lifestyle. Lamoreau says “exercise, get enough rest eat a well balanced diet full of fruit and vegetables.” If you do that and treat yourself to the right amount of red wine and dark chocolate, you’ll be raising a glass toasting “how sweet it is” to your health.

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