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Cocoa Flavanols and Heart Health – Overview of FLAVIOLA

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Title:FLAVIOLA Study Results
Release Date:Sep 9, 2015
Length:1:31

Two recently published studies in the journals Age and the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN), as a part of the FLAVIOLA project, demonstrate that consuming cocoa flavanols improves cardiovascular function and lessens the burden on the heart that comes with the ageing and stiffening of arteries. The studies also provide novel data to indicate that intake of cocoa flavanols reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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Cocoa Flavanols and Heart Health – Results from FLAVIOLA

Media Type:Video
Title:FLAVIOLA Study Results
Release Date:Sep 9, 2015
Length:3:57

Two recently published studies in the journals Age and the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN), as a part of the FLAVIOLA project, demonstrate that consuming cocoa flavanols improves cardiovascular function and lessens the burden on the heart that comes with the ageing and stiffening of arteries. The studies also provide novel data to indicate that intake of cocoa flavanols reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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World’s Largest Dietary Intervention Study of Cocoa Flavanols

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Title:World’s Largest Dietary Intervention Study of Cocoa Flavanols Investigates Long-Term Cardiovascular Health Benefits
Release Date:May 12, 2015

This randomized placebo-controlled trial, called the COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS), will enroll 18,000 women and men nationwide, making it the largest dietary intervention study to evaluate the health benefits of cocoa flavanols and a multivitamin. The study is the result of an innovative public-private partnership among BWH, Harvard Medical School, the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Mars, Incorporated, and Pfizer, Incorporated.

According to JoAnn Manson, MD, Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at BWH and co-lead on the study, “The COSMOS trial builds on a decade of scientific evidence indicating that cocoa flavanols improve blood vessel function, metabolic health, and cognition. The depth and breadth of this innovative trial are unprecedented. ”

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Cognitive Health And Cocoa Flavanols

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Title:Cognitive Health And Cocoa Flavanols
Duration:3:36
Credit:Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science
Release Date:Jan 06, 2015

Interview with Dr. Catherine Kwik-Uribe.

Mounting Evidence Demonstrates Improved Cognitive Function From Cocoa Flavanol Consumption

It is normal for cognitive function to slightly deteriorate with age. Memory capacity begins to worsen, along with processing speed and the ability to form long-term memories. Finding a way to defer the onset of these issues becomes increasingly important as life expectancy gets longer and global populations age.

This study, conducted by researchers from Italy’s University of L’Aquila and Mars, Incorporated, reinforces the results of several recent cognitive studies—throwing more light on the important role diet plays in maintaining cognitive health. Dr. Giovambattista Desideri, lead author on the paper, said, “The results of this study are encouraging—they support the idea that diet, and specifically a diet rich in cocoa flavanols, can play an important role in maintaining cognitive health as we age.”

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Story of Cocoa Flavanols

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Title:The Story of Cocoa Flavanols
Release Date:July 15, 2014
Duration:6:57

Cocoa flavanols are naturally occurring bioactives found in the cacao plant. Based on a significant body of published research, consumption of cocoa flavanols has been shown to improve blood vessel function, thereby helping to support the health and function of the cardiovascular system. Cocoa flavanols is a term that is used to refer to flavanols and their related molecules, procyanidins. Procyanidins are compounds that are made by linking 2 or more flavanol molecules to form chain-like structures that commonly contain between 2 and 10 flavanol units.

What are Cocoa Flavanols

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Title:What are Cocoa Flavanols
Release Date:July 15, 2014

Gentle handling and processing of the cocoa bean, from harvesting it at a farm through final delivery of the product, is critical to ensure preservation of cocoa flavanols. As a leader in cocoa research, the scientists at Mars, Incorporated developed and perfected the patented Cocoapro® process, which extracts cocoa flavanols directly from fresh cocoa beans, preserving them in the highest concentration available.

This cocoa extract is the key ingredient in CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement and thanks to the Cocoapro® process, we use the freshest cocoa bean possible to make this extract. In fact, we are one of the few companies that can actually trace our beans back to the Indonesian farmers who grow the cocoa.

Fresh beans. Gentle handling. Patented processing. These are the keys to the Cocoapro® process and to our promise to you.

About Mars Center For Cocoa Health Science

For more than 20 years, and based on collaborating with a multidisciplinary group of international experts, Mars, Incorporated has been conducting comprehensive and innovative research with a network of scientific collaborators around the world to advance the understanding of cocoa flavanols and their health benefits for the purpose of improving human health. Building on decades of research in cocoa flavanols, the Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science (MCCHS) was formally established in 2012 as a Center of Excellence to pioneer, capture and share the latest scientific research in the field. MCCHS provides access to more than 20 years of gold standard research, over 140 published peer-reviewed scientific papers, videos, slides and other information that Mars, Incorporated and its collaborators have developed to advance cocoa flavanol understanding. For more information, please visit http://www.marscocoascience.com. Follow us: http://twitter.com/CocoaHealthSci

About Mars, Incorporated

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
For more information, please visit www.mars.com. Follow us: http://facebook.com/mars, http://twitter.com/marsglobal, http://youtube.com/mars, http://linkedin.com/company/mars

 

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