Top Five Hidden Gems from Harvard’s Cocoa Flavanol Study

OK, by now you may have heard the headline finding of “27% reduction in cardiovascular death” among people taking daily flavanols in Harvard’s 21,400 person, 5-year, placebo controlled trial (COSMOS). But that’s just the beginning!  Below are our top five hidden gems from the study publication itself in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Gem #5: … Read more »

Why This Graph Should Make You Really Happy!

Okay, like most of you, I consume Flava to be my best everyday, whether on my bike, writing a business plan, or hanging out with family, and because I love chocolate! But this chart from the Harvard COSMOS study shows that daily cocoa flavanols may also help you live longer. In fact, this data shows… Read more »

Harvard Shows Cocoa Flavanols Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Death by 27%!

Groundbreaking results are in from COSMOS, Harvard’s massive study on cocoa flavanols. And wow, they’re gonna reshape nutritional guidelines and change the way we think about and consume cocoa and chocolate forever! For the last four years, Harvard tracked 21,000 people as they consumed 500mg of cocoa flavanols daily in a placebo-controlled trial. Key topline… Read more »

Nitric Oxide – The Miracle Molecule!

Nitric Oxide…sound familiar? Nope, not the stuff you inhale at the dentist’s office (that’s nitrous oxide!) But it is the reason flavanols are so beneficial.   Dubbed the “miracle molecule,” the discovery of N-O, won the Nobel Prize in 1998. N-O signals our blood vessels to dilate and increase circulation, the secret to achieving peak… Read more »

The Flavanol Fountain of Youth

Do cocoa flavanols slow and even reverse biological aging? That’s the exciting hypothesis the National Institute of Health (NIH) just awarded Dr. Yanbin Dong $3 million to test! Dr. Dong, a geneticist and cardiologist at the Medical College of Georgia, will collaborate with Harvard investigators to analyze blood samples from 600 individuals consuming daily cocoa… Read more »

Flavonoid Intake Reduces Cognitive Decline by an Astonishing 20%, New Study Finds

“There is mounting evidence suggesting flavonoids are powerhouses when it comes to preventing your thinking skills from declining as you get older,” notes Harvard University professor of medicine, Dr. Walter Willett. According to Willett’s new study, published in Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology, people who consumed 600 milligrams of flavonoids per day had… Read more »

Nutrients from Natural Food Beat Nutrients from Pills

For years, pharmaceutical and supplement companies have tried to bottle the benefits of healthy Mediterranean, Nordic and Okinawan diets, with limited success. For example, several studies show an association between regular fish consumption and cardiovascular health but little benefit associated with omega 3 fish oil capsules. The story with calcium pills and bone health is… Read more »

New Harvard Study Shows Chocolate for Breakfast Helps Burn Fat

Eating chocolate for breakfast may sound like a recipe for weight gain, but a new study out of Harvard and the University of Marcia, Spain, found that postmenopausal women who ate 100 grams of chocolate every morning burned 25% more fat, lowered their blood sugar by 4%, and reduced their waistlines by 2%, all while… Read more »

Flavanols Proven to Improve Performance

Crushing that presentation! A new personal record on that 3-mile run! Boundless energy at the family BBQ! You know that feeling. You love that feeling! It’s about being your personal best. Flavanols support your hard work and are proven to enhance personal performance.  Performance benefits, as opposed to health benefits, are those that noticeably impact… Read more »

Flavanol Facts: How Much? How Often? When?

The studies keep coming — brain function! heart health! blood sugar! exercise performance! And the results are exciting, and overwhelmingly advocate for adding cocoa flavanols to your daily diet. But…the findings can also be a bit dizzying. They don’t necessarily specify exactly how many, how often, or when…questions we receive daily.  Generally 500-1,000mg of flavanols… Read more »

New Study Shows Flavanol-Rich Cocoa Protects Your Heart When You’re Stressed

Blood vessels functioned 25% better during mental stress in people who consumed high flavanol cocoa, finds a breakthrough study conducted at the University of Birmingham. We know what you’re thinking… “Another study?!” Honestly, we too are amazed by the energy and momentum surrounding cocoa flavanols and their health benefits! And the results rolling in continue… Read more »

Cocoa Flavanols Deliver a Cardio High Five!

First observed at Harvard, cocoa flavanols improve cardiovascular health by increasing the elasticity of your arteries and vessels, essentially improving blood flow. Check out our “top five” list of cardio benefits below and then add cocoa flavanols to your daily diet for a cardio high five! 5. Improve Your Circulation: One recent study published in… Read more »

4 Reasons Chocolate is THE Go-To Valentine’s Day Gift

Chocolate has always said ‘I love you!’. But high flavanol chocolate says it like never before! Here are four great reasons to give high flavanol chocolate this Valentine’s Day (or any other day for that matter)!  1. Chocolate is an Aphrodisiac  It worked for the Aztecs. Centuries later it worked for European royalty. And according… Read more »

FlavaMix Lowers Blood Sugar!

Growing evidence that flavanols lower blood sugar and improve insulin resistance is so compelling that we are adding this claim directly on our new FlavaMix canister.  Four well-controlled studies of cocoa flavanols (500-1,000mg daily) show that cocoa flavanols lower blood sugar and improve insulin resistance! In fact, they show an average reduction in glucose of… Read more »

New Study Demonstrates Cognitive Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols on Complex Tasks

Great news, FlavaFans! Scientists at the University of Birmingham, U.K., and the University of Illinois found that healthy adults performed better on complex cognitive tests after consuming a single dose of high flavanol cocoa. In fact, volunteers aged 18 to 40 who had taken a flavanol-rich drink containing about 700mg of cocoa flavanols performed the… Read more »

New Study Shows Flavanol-Rich Diets Help Lower Blood Pressure

British researchers examining the diets of over 25,000 people found that those in the top 10 percent for flavanol consumption had significantly lower blood pressure (between 2 and 4 points) than those in the bottom 10 percent! While not the first study to show flavanols reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure, it’s probably the largest!… Read more »

Flavanols Keep Your Arteries Young!

“A man is as old as his arteries,” observed the great English physician Thomas Sydenham more than 300 years ago.  More recently, Harvard Health Watch observed, “Your health is only as good as your arteries, since arteries carry vital oxygen-rich blood to all your body’s tissues”. Today we are fortunate to have scientific studies that… Read more »

Nitric Oxide May Counter COVID-19

(and cocoa flavanols are potent nitric oxide boosters!) Some promising news! The FDA added nitric oxide to its emergency expanded access program for the treatment of COVID-19. And… nitric oxide is being investigated in over a dozen clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. That’s good news for FlavaFans – cocoa flavanols are… Read more »

Coming Soon – COSMOS Results!

Harvard Cocoa Flavanol Study Nears Completion Harvard University, 22,000 people, 5 years of daily cocoa flavanols (600mg) and the potential to revolutionize how we view cocoa as a food, medicine and performance booster! That’s COSMOS: a giant study designed to confirm and extend the favorable findings of many smaller studies conducted over the past twenty… Read more »

In Honor of Brain Awareness Month…

…we want to blow your mind! ‘Cause when it comes to cocoa flavanols and their positive impact on brain health, there is LOTS to think about… Cocoa Flavanols Reduce the Risk of Stroke! A review article published in Stroke, the journal of the American Heart Association, titled “Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa and Risk of Stroke”… Read more »