Flavanols are naturally-occurring compounds found in a number of commonly enjoyed foods, including apples, pears, tea, cocoa, grapes, and blueberries.
Flavanols represent a specific group of bioactives, or plant-derived nutrients, within the larger family of natural compounds known as flavonoids. Published research has shown regular consumption of dietary flavanols can promote healthy blood vessel function.
Cocoa flavanols are unique. While there is a range of flavanol sources, not all flavanols are created equal. Scientists have discovered that the overall amounts, as well as the specific forms and mixtures of the flavanols present in each of these foods are different. Among those listed, cocoa is the most abundant in flavanols.
Recent research by Mars, Incorporated and its partners shows that cocoa flavanols support many aspects of health and function including: