Phillip Minton M.D.

Suppleness

In anti-aging, cardiovascular, chocolate, prevention diet on October 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

The maintenance of pliable, resilient, supple body tissue is essential to good health, longevity, and a youthful appearance. It is well known that adding moisture to the skin via hydrating creams and living in a reasonably well humidified environment reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, and makes the skin appear more youthful. The other tissues of our body also respond in a positive fashion to efforts to retain their suppleness.

The arteries are an example of this phenomenon. As we age, the artery walls usually lose their plasticity. They cannot stretch as well as they had when young. This loss of suppleness can lead to high blood pressure, and the formation of blood clots within the arteries. Blood clots can form when stiff calcified artery walls “crack”, causing the resulting rough surface to attract platelets, leading to the formation of a blood clot. This process can cause heart attacks and strokes.

Recent research leads us to postulate that the oils and some chemical substances naturally found in whole chocolate may allow the tissues of the body to retain suppleness and plasticity. Another amazing benefit of adding high quality chocolate to the diet and to use chocolate oils in dermatological preparations.

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