Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health

Combination Lowers Cholesterol and Blood Pressure




Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”


This article appears in the February 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Empowered Light Holistic Expo in Oaks

This fall’s Empowered Light Holistic Expo is just around the corner, running from 5 to 9 p.m., September 28, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 29 and 30, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

The Power of Belief Can Change Behavior

Henry Ford said, “Whether you believe you can, or you believe you can't, you're right,” and this sentiment highlighting the power of a positive thinking has become something of a cliché.

Drum Circle in Mt. Airy

The Mt. Airy Outdoor Community Drum Circle will meet from 1 to 3 p.m., October 1, with experienced drummers Quint Lange and Ron Kravitz, of Music in the Moment, for an afternoon of outdoor drumming on the beautiful grounds of The New Covenant Church Campus.

Handmade Soaps and Toiletries

SCB Naturals sells a line of handmade vegan and natural soaps, skin and hair care products.

Greenfest Philly Promotes Sustainability

The Clean Air Council’s 13th annual Greenfest Philly will take place on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 9. at Bainbridge Green at 4th and Bainbridge Streets.

Add your comment: