Monthly Archives: May 2014


Another Step Forward in Dark Chocolate Science

Microbes and Cocoa

A recent study shows how cocoa fermenting in your gut creates compounds that improve blood vessel function.

According to an article in Scientific American, research has unlocked one secret to how cocoa is used by your body to make you healthier.

“Dark chocolate might pack a double positive punch for our health—thanks to the microbes that live in our gut. New research suggests that beneficial bacteria that reside toward the end of our digestive tract ferment both the antioxidants and the fiber in cocoa.”

              The results of this new research were presented to the American Chemical Society on March 18 in Dallas, Texas.

“Pereira and colleagues found that healthy young adults (of a mean age of about 20) who ate eight grams—about one small square—of 70 percent cocoa chocolate each day for a month had “an obvious improvement” in vascular function over their baseline as well as a control group. Those eating the extra chocolate saw their arterial flow (measured by flow-mediated dilation) increasing, on average, from 14 percent to 23 percent. The findings (pdf were published earlier this year in Cardiovascular System and could have substantial implications for health on a broader population scale. “If consuming dark chocolate in moderate quantities has the ability to decrease the risk of heart disease, it could have a role to play in reducing medical costs” as well, Farhat says.

NEO’15(1st International Conference by Herbert Publications)

The International Conference “New and Emerging Trends In Oncology 2015″ (NE0’15) is an initiative by Herbert Publications to provide a unique multidisciplinary environment for all science and research professionals with a common interest in Cancer to navigate, discuss, inform and educate themselves about this evolving disease landscape. Furthermore NEO’15 aims to debate and deliberate with concern to new data and developments and to establish the need for personalized patient treatment and care.

Herbert Publications believes that congregating and engaging Cancer research experts, Oncology specialists and scientific leaders under one roof is fundamental in finding novel solutions and implementing latest methodologies to reduce the impact of Cancer on communities around the world.

The 2015 NEO convention’s theme “Let’s erase Cancer” will emphasize on the impact that can be apprehended by applying what we know about Cancers to make treatment more efficient, rather than waiting for possible future breakthroughs to change the landscape. This will be discussed across by our eminent speakers and researchers at NEO’15. Our conference aims to achieve a balance of clinical, translational, and basic research, providing a forum for interaction, communication, and education for a broad spectrum of researchers, health professionals, and those with a special interest in cancer.