Who here loves dark chocolate? I have to have a piece of dark chocolate every day just so I know I had my daily dose of chocolate which is my happy medicine. It turns out that I am actually doing myself favor too when I eat my dark chocolate. It appears that dark chocolate may actually prevent you from developing pancreatic cancer. Continue reading to find out how.
Dark chocolate is one of my favorite healthy foods. It is rich in antioxidants, lowers your blood pressure, and decreases your chances of heart disease with 100 grams, or 3.5 ounces a day. That is what I call a power food. It turns out that this power food also helps to prevent pancreatic cancer since it is rich in magnesium.
All of this dark chocolate and pancreatic cancer claims came from research scientists in Indiana and was later reported by the British Journal of Cancer and later by the Daily Mail out of the UK. If the Daily Mail reports it, then there usually is some truth to the article. I believe that they are quite accurate since it has scientific research to back it. I mostly believe in this story since it was first released by the British Journal of Cancer with the backing of research scientists.
So, what leads them to believe that dark chocolate will help to prevent pancreatic cancer? It is all down to the magnesium intake. Dark chocolate is a magnesium-rich food. Scientists discovered that many people who have pancreatic cancer did not have a diet rich in magnesium foods. The study discovered that dark chocolate and other magnesium-rich foods helped prevent pancreatic cancer. It turns out that it is not just dark chocolate, but that is one of the foods that are rich in magnesium. Either take magnesium supplements, or eat around 100 grams, or 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate a day. Your choice.
We all know that dark chocolate is one of the best anti-inflammatory foods. What else do we know about this wonderful food that is not just a treat? If you are swollen, have reddened skin or if your body becomes hot and painful, a dose of dark chocolate will stabilize it since it is an anti-inflammatory food. Dark chocolate also has plenty of fiber in it as well and is lower in sugar compared to milk or white chocolate. That is why dark chocolate is good for those with diabetes. Those who have diabetes are also linked to having a higher chance of developing pancreatic cancer. So there does seem to be some sort of link.
Most of this research was done with men and women between the ages of 50 to 76. That seems to be the median age range of those who have developed pancreatic cancer. The scientists then closely associated the link between cancer and magnesium and later looked at the supplements and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs people were taking. Of all the participants, they decided to study 151 of them who have developed pancreatic cancer.
Scientists figured that for every 100 milligrams less in magnesium a day, you upped your chances of pancreatic cancer by 24%. That is upping your chance by nearly a quarter. To me, that is a lot. If you do not like dark chocolate, then perhaps you can eat other foods rich in magnesium or supplements with added magnesium. Scientists discovered that cancer has zero to do with your age, gender, BMI or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use. They found it to be mostly down to diet.
My best advice to you is to wake up, take your multivitamin, and then continue to take magnesium supplements. This is for those who have a history of pancreatic cancer in their family, and for those who do not. This is quite beneficial to the fight of pancreatic cancer, the number 4 worst cancer you can develop, but also one of the most curable if caught early enough.
Do not forget the importance of eating dark, leafy greens, nuts and other foods rich in magnesium. Many scientists even believe you should cut down the meat and up fresh foods and veggies to lower your risk of pancreatic cancer. A healthy, well-rounded diet is key.
Keep in mind that some people are likelier to develop pancreatic cancer compared to others. All you can do is eat healthy, magnesium-rich foods and have a well-balanced diet. This means enjoying 100 grams or 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate every day. It sounds like a pretty good way to kick cancer’s butt if you ask me.
Dipali is an enthusiastic health blogger and the founder of lifecares.org. She likes to share her thoughts to make people inspired about their fitness. She is an experienced writer and author on highly authoritative health blogs.