Heart Health Benefits of Chocolate

Who doesn’t like chocolate?  It is decedent, delicious and oh so much fun to eat.  But did you know it can actually be good for your heart? 

Studies have found that certain chocolates can be rich in antioxidant flavonoids. A cup of pure cocoa has more antioxidants than three cups of green tea.  Positive affects of chocolate’s antioxidant flavonoids also include vasodilatation, blood pressure reduction, decreased inflammation and inhibition of platelet activity.  These all help to promote healthy blood flow and reduce the development of blockages.

While these studies are promising, it should be noted that chocolate is not a tasty miracle heart pill.  Only dark chocolates exhibit these heart-health properties, and one should only consume up to 100 calories worth of chocolate per day.  Still, chocolate lovers can now feel a little less guilt about indulging from time to time.

Boone Heart Institute teams up with Baylor College of Medicine offering former NFL players screenings!

While health care was the focus of the event, it also served as an alumni reunion for former NFLers. Some caught up with old buddies – teammates and opponents alike – while others met for the first time and compared notes on their playing careers.

Social aspect draws participants

In fact, the social aspect is what drew many of the ex-players to the screening event, noted Dr. Jeffrey Boone, director of the Boone Heart Institute and national co-director of the NFL Player Care Foundation Cardiovascular Program sponsored by the NFL, the NFL Player’s Association, the NFL Hall of Fame and the NFL Alumni Association.  Click here to read full article…