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Eating chocolate three times a week can reduce chances of a stroke

People that eat chocolate several times in a week are less likely to be diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, heart related complications and strokes.

Atrial fibrillation can cause irregular and often abnormally fast rate which is common as one gets older and it affects more men than women.

Some of the symptoms associated with atrial fibrillation include shortness of breath and tiredness.

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Over 55,000 people participated in the long term study conducted in Denmark with the age bracket being between 50 and 64 years old.

Findings from the research showed that those that ate 28.35 grams of chocolate per week reduced their chances of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation by 17 percent as compared to those that people that reported to eating chocolate less than once a month.

Lead researcher, Dr. Elizabeth Mostofsky from Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health did advice on taking chocolate in moderation however.

“I think our message here is that moderate chocolate intake as part of a healthy diet is an option,” she said.

The flavanols in cocoa and cocoa containing foods, are believed to promote healthy blood vessel function as well as containing anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and could also contribute to reducing the risk of getting a stroke.

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This is not the first time that chocolate has been linked to better health, as dark chocolate has been linked to contribution of better health.

It is important to note that the research did not prove that chocolate prevented atrial fibrillation but rather proved a link between the two.

Findings from the research were posted in the journal Heart.

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