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Sexualité, coeur et chocolat

Published in Revue médicale suisse. 2013, vol. 9, no. 378, p. 624-629
Abstract All along the history, many kinds of magic and aphrodisiac properties were attributed to the chocolate. Because of the presence of certain active substances, cacao and chocolate are supposed to have some potentially beneficial effects on human health, particularly on cardiovascular system. Containing flavoniods, cacao and its products have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic, anti-thrombotic, antihypertensive and neuroprotective effects, as well as influence on insulin sensitivity, vascular endothelial function, and activation of nitric oxide. Other molecules, like methyxantin, biogenic amines and cannabinoid-like fatty acids, may have a psychoactive action. Synergic effect of all these substances could have a positive direct and indirect influence on sexual health and function. Nevertheless, randomized studies are needed to confirm these hypotheses and to elaborate recommendations about cacao consumption.
Keywords Aphrodisiacs/chemistry/pharmacologyCacao/chemistryCandyFemaleFlavonoids/isolation & purification/pharmacologyHumansMaleReproductive HealthSexuality/drug effects/psychology
PMID: 23547364
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BIANCHI-DEMICHELI, Francesco, SEKORANJA, Lucka, PECHERE, Antoinette. Sexualité, coeur et chocolat. In: Revue médicale suisse, 2013, vol. 9, n° 378, p. 624-629. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:34555

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