In Kidney Patients- Cocoa Could Keep Heart Pumping

In Kidney Patients- Cocoa Could Keep Heart Pumping


I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. Researchers
might have uncovered yet another reason to enjoy a mug of hot cocoa. For patients with
kidney disease, compounds found in cocoa might improve heart health, a new study found. The
kidneys filter toxins from your blood, regulate blood pressure and maintain the balance of
certain minerals in the body. Kidney disease is a broad term for conditions that impair
the kidneys’ ability to properly function. But the authors of this study are hopeful
that cocoa flavanols could improve blood vessel function in these patients. During the study,
researchers found that patients who drank cocoa had improved blood vessel function and
reduced blood pressure — two important markers of heart health. The group that received a
placebo drink showed no changes. Speak with your doctor about all your treatment options.

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