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Can eating dark chocolate prevent colon cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You may already know that dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure, decrease cholesterol, and even improve blood flow to your brain. Now, a new animal study suggests that eating cocoa, the raw material in chocolate, may help prevent colon cancer. Apoptosis is a natural process in which your body eliminates unhealthy cells. Compounds in cocoa known as flavonoids may assist in the apoptosis process, destroying cancer cells.

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