A new study conducted by Brigham Young University suggests that cocoa may help treat type 2 diabetes. They found that the pancreas’s beta cells release insulin more readily when epicatechin monomers are present. These monomers are naturally found in cocoa.
To test their hypothesis, animals consuming diets high in fat were given the epicatechin compounds to ingest. As a result, these animals lost weight and their blood glucose levels increased. It is proposed that the epicatechin monomers strengthen the mitochondria in the beta cells, allowing these cells to produce more ATP and thus release greater amounts of insulin.
However, these benefits would likely only come with the consumption of large amounts of chocolate, something that brings much sugar and fat into the diet. Because of this, the focus of this research has now shifted into the isolation of these monomers, leading to the potential creation of a new treatment for those with type 2 diabetes.
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