How do cocoa flavanols boost your health?

Cocoa flavanols exert their health benefits by maintaining blood vessel function and the healthy transport of oxygen and nutrients throughout the cardiovascular system. Did you know that stretched end to end, arteries, veins, and other vessels of the human circulatory system would measure about 60,000 miles?

Cocoa flavanols specifically enhance healthy circulation by helping your body maintain appropriate amounts of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide, in turn, relaxes the inner lining of your arterial walls or endothelium so that arteries can better expand and contract to enhance blood flow. This is sometimes referred to as flow mediated dilation. Finally, better circulation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body supports brain, heart & skin health. The illustration below highlights the mechanism of action of cocoa flavanols.