Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
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Cocoa-rich dark chocolate might help protect against heart disease and strokes, but probably more so if you are a man. Researchers studied what happened to the blood of volunteers after they ate dark chocolate boosted with cocoa extract. The enriched dark chocolate significantly decreased both platelet activation and aggregation in men; however it only decreased platelet aggregation in women. The study found that compounds deemed responsible for the beneficial effects, flavanols and their metabolites, appeared in the blood stream within hours of consumption and had a positive impact on platelet function effects.
It has long been believed that drinking green tea is good for the memory. Now researchers have discovered how the chemical properties of China’s favorite drink affect the generation of brain cells, providing benefits for memory and spatial learning. The research is published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.
They are the most widely produced fruit in the world and now scientists in Japan have discovered that tomatoes contain a nutrient which could tackle the onset of vascular diseases. The research, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, reveals that an extracted compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, has anti-dyslipidemic affects.