Flavanols and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Christian Heiss; Carl L. Keen; Malte Kelm

Disclosures

Eur Heart J. 2010;31(21):2583-2592. 

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Conclusions

While flavanols represent a promising class of food components that are associated with lower cardiovascular risk and can positively affect cardiovascular surrogate parameters in the short term, epidemiological studies are prone to confounders and no long-term randomized controlled dietary intervention trials with hard clinical endpoints are available to date. More clinical and experimental studies are needed before flavanols can be considered as a feasible therapeutic option in cardiovascular medicine.

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