The Many Health Benefits of Cocoa

Greg Potter

If I told you that cocoa products such as cocoa powder and dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure, improve your gut health, and speed your recovery from exercise, I’m guessing you might look at me as if I have two heads. However, this seems to be the case. Continuing from the previous blog in which we unpacked the effects of cocoa intake on brain health, today we’ll consider how cocoa affects other aspects of how we feel and function each day.   Key takeaways Consuming cocoa flavanols improves the function of blood vessels and lowers blood pressure, especially in people...

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Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) in Female Athletes: Let’s Talk About Our Energy Levels, Performance, and Periods!

Emily Jevons

Photo Credit: Presca Sportswear “No excuses!” As athletes, that’s what we hear repeatedly. Push yourself. Push your body. Push your mind. Going to our limits is often recognised as good thing, an attribute to be praised and celebrated. But where is the line drawn? This mindset, alongside the increasing number of metrics available to all athletes (e.g., activity and sleep data from sports watches, or body fat and muscle mass from smart scales), can lead to fixation on performance and body composition, leading us to focus on the here and now rather than considering our long-term mental and physical health....

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