Just a couple of pieces of dark chocolate a day reduces the risk of hemorrhagic stroke by as much as 52%
Great news for those with a sweet tooth - chocolate can save us from a stroke
Scientists from Harvard have found that just a couple of slices of dark chocolate a day reduces the risk of hemorrhagic stroke by as much as 52%! Unfortunately, this good news has one significant disadvantage - chocolate does not protect us from ischemic stroke, which is much more common.
Stroke is divided into two types - hemorrhagic and ischemic. The second happens when the blood vessels supplying the brain with blood become partially or completely clogged. It is this stroke that occurs in 80% of cases.
As a result of a hemorrhagic stroke, blood leaks from the blood vessels of the brain. This type of stroke accounts for 20% of cases. It is against this "leak" that chocolate helps.
"There are several possible mechanisms for this phenomenon," said study author Dr. Martin Lijos. - Apparently, cocoa beans have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, reducing pressure, as well as increasing the elasticity of blood vessels. If only chocolate is taken in moderate portions every day, then it will have a beneficial effect.”
Dr. Lijos admitted that he himself does not understand why this treat only helps with one type of stroke.
Source:He alth Day