‘Chocolate’ pills tested to study heart health

A study to determine whether or not the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes is being launched, AP reports.

The study includes 18,000 men and women nationwide taking pills packed with nutrients found in dark chocolate. The nutrients in the pills would be the equivalent to eating thousands of candy bars.

This is the first large test of cocoa flavanols; the second part of the study will test to see if multivitamins help prevent cancer. In previous smaller studies, cocoa flavanols were found to improve blood pressure, cholesterol, the body’s use of insulin, artery health and other heart-related factors.

The study is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and Mars Inc.

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