Two studies show the positive effects of immune system.The cocoa to moderate consumption of chronic inflammation, with a lower incidence of diseases such as arteriosclerosis, tumors, degenerative diseases and inflammation of the endothelium the influence of the pressure resulting …
The invitation for foodies, chocolate is not only good mood (contributes to the secretion of serotonin, the hormone of well-being), but according to recent studies, is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. As Professor Carlo Selmi, Head of Clinical Immunology Department Humanitas Clinical Institute and professor at the University of Milan, the impact on the immune system Schokoladenwerke is very strong. Although the question may seem small, it is useful to note that this behavior seems to have stimulant can actually have an impact on our health.
Chocolate or cocoa?
More than chocolate, but it is appropriate to speak of cocoa, fruits produced by the Theobroma Cacao, the plant from South America, and the active ingredient in foods and dark chocolate drinks; In fact, we remember that chocolate milk contains little cocoa and white does not contain. Increase profits for the percentage of cocoa in the final product. Over the last fifteen years, research has focused on these two levels and effects were examined: the phone and the human.
Studies on cocoa and immune system
Based on blood cells of the immune system which isolates. The immunity is the mechanism by which the body defends itself against possible attacks, there are innate immunity and acquired immunity. The first non-specific defense mechanisms may also exist without the body is exposed to antigen, and the first response to infectious agents represent. These include macrophages, neutrophils and monocytes. The second is specific, is the response to a given stimulus. This includes T cells and B cells that produce antibodies.
The isolated cells are stimulated with concentrations of flavonoids and procyanidins, which is rich in cocoa and monitor response and assess what kind of screamsproduce. It has been found that cocoa has an anti-inflammatory effect, but not immunosuppressive and modulate, e.g., the neutrophil response to bacterial infections.
Chocolate is good for your health?
Further research into the human strict showed that anoccasional or even limited use of daily doses of chronic inflammation cocoa influence, with a lower incidence of diseases such as, for exampleatherosclerosis, tumors, degenerative diseases of hypertension, and inflammation of the endothelium obtained.
Cacao finally seems immune steatosis (or fatty liver), often caused by poor diet disease, diabetes and alcohol abuse, and looks set to improve insulin resistance in obese people . Finally, a recent Spanish study found that for two months, a small dose of chocolate to take a reduction in blood pressure and oxidative stress, in which to produce twice a day, with high levels of cholesterol.