Navigation Links
Study shows potential benefit of dark chocolate for liver disease patients
Date:4/15/2010

Vienna, Austria, Thursday 15 April: Doctors could soon be prescribing a dose of dark chocolate to help patients suffering from liver cirrhosis and from dangerously high blood pressure in their abdomen, according to new research presented today at the International Liver CongressTM 2010, the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Liver in Vienna, Austria.

According to the Spanish research, eating dark chocolate reduces damage to the blood vessels of cirrhotic patients and also lowers blood pressure in the liver. Dark chocolate contains potent anti-oxidants which reduce the post-prandial (after-meal) blood pressure in the liver (or portal hypertension) associated with damaged liver blood vessels (endothelial dysfunction). The data also showed that eating dark chocolate may exert additional beneficial effects throughout the whole body. In comparison, white chocolate, which contains no beneficial 'phytochemicals', did not result in the same effects.

Professor Mark Thursz, MD FRCP, Vice Secretary of EASL and Professor of Hepatology, at Imperial College London said: "As well as advanced technologies and high science, it is important to explore the potential of alternative sources which can contribute to the overall wellbeing of a patient. This study shows a clear association between eating dark chocolate and portal hypertension and demonstrates the potential importance of improvements in the management of cirrhotic patients, to minimise the onset and impact of end stage liver disease and its associated mortality risks".

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver as a result of long-term, continuous damage to the liver . In cirrhosis, circulation in the liver is damaged by oxidative stress and reduced antioxidant systems. After eating, blood pressure in the abdominal veins usually increases due to increased blood flow to the liver.

This is particularly dangerous and damaging to cirrhotic patients as they already have
'/>"/>

Contact: Isabelle Scali
media.easl2010@cohnwolfe.com
44-771-743-5103
European Association for the Study of the Liver
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology technology :

1. Study shows that size affects structure of hollow nanoparticles
2. ACCORD Lipid Study Brings new Hope to People With Type 2 Diabetes and Atherogenic Dyslipidemia Says International Academic Foundation
3. Australia Substantially Increases Research Collaboration with China, According to Thomson Reuters Study
4. New Study Shows Nu-Tek's Modified Potassium Chloride Improves Yields in Meat Processing
5. No New Findings in Atrazine Study Promoted by Discredited Researcher, According to the Hudson Institute Center for Global Food Issues
6. Study quantifies the electron transport effects of placing metal contacts onto graphene
7. Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Initiates Enrollment in Phase 1/2 Combination Study of MM-121 and Tarceva in Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
8. KGI Study Reveals Diverse and Vibrant Regional Bioscience Industry
9. Study: Medicare Covers Only Half the Cost of Administering Chemotherapy to Seniors with Cancer
10. Memory Study Enrolling Participants Evaluating Memory Loss Vitamin
11. Fat Tissue May Be a Source of Valuable Blood Stem Cells, Study Says
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/30/2015)... ... June 30, 2015 , ... ... provide new insights on mechanics of fecal microbiota transplantation in C. difficile patients. ... the microbiome of patients undergoing fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) as a treatment for ...
(Date:6/30/2015)... ... June 30, 2015 , ... Noblis, Inc., a leading provider ... paper published this week in the scientific journal Viruses ( http://www.mdpi.com/1999-4915/7/6/2763 ), that ... used to detect the Ebola virus. Noblis worked with the Department of Defense’s ...
(Date:6/30/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... June 30, 2015 , ... Matrix ... announced that it has hired Gem Swartz to head up its account management department ... account director. Both Gem and Amanda bring senior account management and delivery expertise to ...
(Date:6/30/2015)... -- Custom Computer Specialists, Inc. ("Custom"), a leading healthcare IT ... of the Primary Care Development Corporation,s ("PCDC") Corporate Circle. ... support of PCDC,s mission to expand access to primary ... in 1993, PCDC has been a key force of ... over 100 completed primary care projects, valued at over ...
Breaking Biology Technology:uBiome and OpenBiome Partner for Microbiome Study in FMT Patients 2uBiome and OpenBiome Partner for Microbiome Study in FMT Patients 3Noblis and Government Scientists Identify New Genomic Signatures of Ebola Using Whole Genomic Sequencing and Innovative BioVelocity Analytics Tool 2Noblis and Government Scientists Identify New Genomic Signatures of Ebola Using Whole Genomic Sequencing and Innovative BioVelocity Analytics Tool 3Noblis and Government Scientists Identify New Genomic Signatures of Ebola Using Whole Genomic Sequencing and Innovative BioVelocity Analytics Tool 4Matrix Marketing Group Expands Client Services Team 2Custom Computer Specialists Announces Sponsorship Of The Primary Care Development Corporation's Corporate Circle 2
... Sucralose manufacturer Guangdong Food Industry Institute/L&P Food Ingredient Co. Ltd. (GDFII/L&P) ... D.C. has extended the target date of its final decision in ... Section 337 patent dispute (docket# 337-TA-604) was filed against the company ... ...
... March 26 A coalition of Indiana,s leaders ... business joined today to launch Hoosiers Work for ... of preserving medical innovation. Co-chairs, former Indianapolis ... Pacers Sports & Entertainment Jim Morris, kicked off ...
... 26 deCODE genetics,Inc. (Nasdaq: DCGN ) today announced ... press release to be issued on Tuesday, March 31, after,the ... host a live webcast of,its conference call to discuss these ... Eastern Daylight Time/ 12pm GMT/1pm British,Summer Time. , ...
Cached Biology Technology:GDFII/L&P Confirms Target Date Extension Of U.S. ITC Sucralose Ruling 2Hoosiers Work for Health Highlights Impact of Medical Research and Innovation on Indiana Economy 2Hoosiers Work for Health Highlights Impact of Medical Research and Innovation on Indiana Economy 3Hoosiers Work for Health Highlights Impact of Medical Research and Innovation on Indiana Economy 4deCODE genetics Announces Webcast of Conference Call to Discuss Full-year 2008 Financial Results 2
(Date:6/23/2015)... June 22, 2015 ... addition of the "Body-Worn Temperature Sensors Market ... and Forecast 2014 - 2020" report to ... analysis of the global body-worn temperature sensors market. ... segmented on the basis of types, care setting, ...
(Date:6/17/2015)... und GERMANTOWN, Maryland , June 17, ... ®   Produktlinie mit DNA-Tests verbessert den Analyseprozess ... QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) hat heute ... der Produktlinie Investigator ® ... eingeführt. Die neuen Kits zur Erstellung genetischer Fingerabdrücke bieten ...
(Date:6/16/2015)... 16, 2015  With the increasing number and severity ... top concern. The recent compromise of Federal employee ... strong authentication within government agencies. HYPR Corp. ... password (OTP) authenticator, has been submitted for testing and ... 3 validation for tamper proofing. The ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Body-Worn Temperature Sensors Market - Global Industry Analysis 2QIAGEN bringt in den USA neue Kits für die forensische DNA-Analyse auf den Markt 2QIAGEN bringt in den USA neue Kits für die forensische DNA-Analyse auf den Markt 3QIAGEN bringt in den USA neue Kits für die forensische DNA-Analyse auf den Markt 4QIAGEN bringt in den USA neue Kits für die forensische DNA-Analyse auf den Markt 5QIAGEN bringt in den USA neue Kits für die forensische DNA-Analyse auf den Markt 6Government Ready Biometric Security Approaching as HYPR Corp. Files FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validation for Its Proprietary Biometric Token 2Government Ready Biometric Security Approaching as HYPR Corp. Files FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validation for Its Proprietary Biometric Token 3
... for professionals in biomedical and health informatics, sent comments ... Health Information Technology (DHHS/ ONCHIT), which has actively supported ... health records (EHRs) over the last year, and which ... the continuation of support for achieving meaningful use of ...
... New research on the genomics of autism confirms ... complicated, but that common biological themes underlie this complexity. ... candidate genes and genomic variants as contributors to autism, ... While the gene alterations are individually very rare, they ...
... have shown in a new study on mice, that ... of ,bad, LDL cholesterol and reduce the inflammation that ... presented in the prestigious scientific journal Circulation , ... and myocardial infarction if the results prove translatable to ...
Cached Biology News:AMIA on meaningful use: Invest in people and technology 2Gene variants in autism linked to brain development 2Gene variants in autism linked to brain development 3New cell therapy a promising atherosclerosis treatment 2
... Array LNA microarray slides for microRNA ... slides incorporate Exiqons unique Locked Nucleic Acid ... excellent mismatch discrimination for short microRNA (miRNA) ... than 1 g total RNA (no need ...
With sodium bicarbonate. Sterile, Cell culture tested...
Request Info...
... the secretion of cytoplasmic granules, is ... response of leukocytes (e.g. basophils, neutrophils, ... to histamine, these secretory granules contain ... chemokines, and many proteases (Hallgren, 2001). ...
Biology Products: