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Chocolate and red wine

Delicious, is not it – and healthy! Unfortunately we do not sell the above two ingredients. Yet, all the healthiest ingredients in red wine and chocolate is in fact in ALL POWER. The ultimate tablet for adult women.

What is it that makes a good piece of dark chocolate and a good glass of red wine so  healthy and life-prolonging? Let´s take the grapes first. As you know red wine is made from red grapes. In the shell of red grapes is a group of substances called polyphenols. These polyphenols prevents production of the substance endothelin-l, which causes blood vessels to contract. In other words: Red grapes improves circulation.

The best known polyphenol from red grapes is probably the substance resveratrol, which has several beneficial effects in the body. It is an antioxidant, ie. it neutralizes harmful free radicals, which damage and causes aging of body cells. Resveratrol enhances the effect of vitamin D in the body, and is also a enzyme and hormone regulator.

Red grape peel is also a good source of the mineral boron. Boron increases the levels of sex hormones in the body, and this mineral is also involved in reducing excretion of minerals like calcium and magnesium from the bones.

Dark chocolate is healthy because the cocoa content is high. Cocoa contains some bitter tasting flavonoids called catechin and epicatechin. In research these substances appears to protect against eg. skin cancer and breast cancer. Blood pressure lowering effects of cocoa has been observed, like the risk of blood clots appears to decrease with a daily dose of cocoa. Cocoa also contains the stimulants theobromine and tryptophan which gives a feeling of wellbeing. There is also a little bit of the substance 2-phenylethylamine in cocoa, which also leads to well-being and which probably also helps to make chocolate addictive.

It has been claimed that regular intake of cocoa is able to lower the risk of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by up to 90%. For example will regular intake of dark chocolate be almost as effective at lowering blood pressure as normal blood pressure-lowering medication. A strong claim, but research seems to back it up. ALL POWER does not taste as good as dark chocolate and red wine – but the effect ought to be compared. Try a glass! Furthermore red grape peel and cocoa are only two out of the 13 healing herbs contained in ALL POWER all providing health and wellness for adult women. In addition, you get three important B vitamins: B6, folic acid and B12, and vitamin D and magnesium, but that´s another story.

References

  • Taubert D, et al. Effect of Cocoa and Tea Intake on Blood Pressure: A Meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:626-634.
  • Balzer J, et al. Sustained benefits in vascular function through flavanol-containing cocoa in medicated diabetic patients: a double-masked, randomized, controlled trial. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008;51(22): 2141-49.
  • Hollenberg NK et al. (-)-Epicatechin mediates beneficial effects of flavanol-rich cocoa on vascular function in humans. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2006;103(4):1024-29.
  • Erdman JW et al. Effects of cocoa flavanols on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008; Supp.1:284-87.