Cocoa Flavanols

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Benefits of Flavanols

Flavanols are a group of bioactive compounds found in certain plant-based foods including tea, cocoa, grapes, and blueberries.

Raw cocoa beans are naturally very rich in a specific sub-group of flavonoids, known as cocoa flavanols. There is a strong body of scientific evidence that demonstrates that regular cocoa flavanol intake can improve the function of blood vessels, as well as positively impact a number of markers related to cardiovascular health, like blood pressure.

Cocoa flavanols consumption increases nitric oxide levels, which improves the elasticity of blood vessels, promoting cardiovascular health. Scientific studies have also shown that the intake of cocoa flavanols can improve the functional integrity of blood vessels, as well as improve blood pressure and even cholesterol levels with regular intake.

As well as cardiovascular benefits, research has shown that regular intake of cocoa flavanols can improve cognitive function in healthy adults.

Over the past 20 years, Mars in collaboration with a global network of scientific partners have published more than 160 peer-reviewed scientific publications, addressing topics ranging from analytical chemistry to clinical nutrition research:

  1. Cardiovascular system
  2. Cognitive/brain health

Learn more about the growing body of research showing how cocoa flavanols contribute to human health.