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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Saturday, November 8, 2003

A minor piece of good news.

If you pay any attention to health research, you've undoubtedly heard reports about how tea and red wine are high in polyphenols, which act as antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants are like a clean-up squad, neutralizing 'free radicals' — chemicals that can interact in bad ways with DNA and other critical components of the body. By stopping the free radicals from doing damage to the body, antioxidants can prevent heart attacks and slow some effects of aging.

A new study from Cornell University in the US has found another common drink with a very high antioxidant content.

Dr Chang Yong Lee and colleagues at Cornell University in New York carried out tests to measure antioxidants levels in tea, red wine and cocoa.

A cup of cocoa came out on top. Their study found it was twice as rich in antioxidants as a glass of red wine, up to three times richer than a cup of green tea and up to five times richer than black tea.

Although cocoa is found in many other products, such as chocolate, the researchers said drinking it was the best way of harnessing its health benefits.


Always one to look out for our health, Magpie is drinking a cup of Spanish cocoa as we post this.

Via BBC.

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