Mars touts study on cocoa flavanols

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McLean-based Mars Inc. says a study at the University of California San Francisco indicates consumption of cocoa flavanols could help people with cardiovascular disease.

The study, which was published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, was conducted by a team of researchers including scientists from Mars, whose products include chocolate candy

Flavanols represent a group of compositions built from the molecule flavan-3-ol.

Mars says the San Francisco study found that daily consumption of cocoa flavanol more than doubled the number of circulating angiogenic cells (CACs) in the blood. Research has shown CACs can help repair and maintain blood vessels.

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