Dark Chocolate Can Help Ward Off Pancreatic Cancer

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Chocolate may be even more wonderful than we thought.

It’s not a cure for cancer, but a new study shows that dark chocolate can help ward off one of the most lethal cancers, pancreatic.

“Except (for) its sugar, chocolate is generally healthy,” said Ka He, the coauthor of the study and chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. “Chocolate contains magnesium, which may partially explain its benefits.”

Magnesium has been shown to dramatically lower the rates of pancreatic cancer, which is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in this country.

Many foods have magnesium, but dark chocolate is a silver bullet because one single square — about an ounce — provides roughly a quarter of the daily recommended magnesium requirement. And one cup of pumpkin seeds provide about 42% — though fewer people crave pumpkin seeds in the manner of chocolate.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Jacqueline Cutler