The Promise Of The Cacao Flavanol (-)-Epicatechin As A Therapeutic Agent
Sun 7:30 PM - Plenary Session
Francisco Villarreal
University of California, San Diego
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The consumption of dark chocolate has been associated with beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. Epicatechin is an abundant flavonoid present in cacao and evidence indicates this natural product mediates the beneficial effects of chocolate. In this presentation we will provide preclinical and clinical evidence as to the cardiovascular health benefits of chocolate and epicatechin. We will report on studies performed using animal models of myocardial infarction, exercise effects and heart failure patients.