Studies related to Blood Flow and Cocoa Extract

Effect Of Cocoa Flavanols And Exercise On Cardiometabolic Risk Factors In Overweight And Obese Subjects

Effect Increase
Trial Design Double blind
Trial Length 1-6 months
Number of Subjects 49
Sex Both Genders
Age Range 18-29, 30-44, 45-64
Body Types Obese, Overweight
Notes for this study:
A beverage containing cocoa flavanols (451mg) versus control beverage (18mg) in overweight and obese sedentary subjects for 12 weeks alongside a modest exercise program (given to both groups) or without exercises noted that there were changes in blood flow in both high flavanol groups and no alterations in any lipid biomarker in any group.

During exercise, fat oxidation rates were not different between cocoa conditions and overall fat mass was not affected. There appeared to be a decrease in diastolic blood pressure, but not systolic, without any statistically significant changes in heart rate (although a trend to reduce was noted).

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