July 9, 2008
Still far too many Heart Attack survivors are not paying attention to their bodies. Too many are still not aware of the risk they are still living under. Far too many people think the Hospitals and Doctors are in charge of their Patients health. Doctors and Hospitals only can help and offer assistance and education. It will always be the Patient who is in charge of Patient health.
“Forty-six per cent of patients had “low knowledge levels” and 43 per cent thought they were at no higher risk of having another heart attack than other people their age, Professor Sharon McKinley from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Nursing, Midwifery and Health (NM&H) and Professor Kathleen Dracup, Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) reported to the American Heart Association.”
June 7, 2008
Dark Chocolate has many antioxidants, the antioxidants known as polyphenols and catechins.
The polyphenol families of procyanidins & epicatechins are strong antioxidants also found in many plants and vegetables including red grapes & wine. Proanthocyanidins play a role in the making of collagen & elastin and can lead to a stronger circulatory system. Proanthocyanidins are also shown to speed up recovery from plactic surgery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proanthocyanidin
Catechins, in particular epicatechin found in dark chocolate, can reduce the risk of four of the major health problems: stroke, heart failure, cancer and diabetes.
Milk Chocolate has no antioxidant activity due to milk binding the antioxidants. To take advantage of the antioxidant activity of chocolate you need to have 70% cocoa solids and no milk.