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:  18% reduction in death from all causes among participants consuming cocoa flavanols daily.

Gem #4:  15% reduction in migraines and a 6% reduction in flu like symptoms.

Gem #3:  24% reduction in major cardiovascular events (heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular disease) among participants consuming cocoa flavanols daily.

Gem #2:  25% reduction in strokes among participants consuming cocoa flavanols daily.

Gem  #1: 39% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular death among participants consuming cocoa flavanols daily!

And stay tuned for more, as the COSMOS cognitive data is anticipated over the coming weeks, followed by outcomes on performance, eye health, and biological aging over the coming year.

As if you needed another excuse to consume your daily cocoa flavanols!