Dark chocolate squares are loaded with omega-3s

Nov. 12, 2008

Maramor Chocolates, Columbus, Ohio launches Dark Chocolate Squares with Omega-3, which provide more than 100 percent of the recommended daily dose of omega-3s in two individually wrapped portions.

The rich, dark chocolate is formulated with 70 percent cocoa for maximum antioxidant benefit. The product's purified omega-3 is micro-encapsulated, making it odorless and tasteless. The microencapsulated process means that the omega-3 will not oxidize or lose potency, which can happen to omega-3 in capsule form if it is exposed to air or not used promptly.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a natural anti-inflammatory with a myriad of health benefits. Omega-3s have been widely recognized in recent years as a health-boosting powerhouse, shown in studies to improve mood, heart health, joint problems and other conditions associated with excessive inflammation. Because our bodies don't produce omega-3s, we must consume them in our diet. The Institute of Medicine recommends at least 160 milligrams per day, yet most Americans consume only a small portion of this recommended amount.

"This is a very exciting product as it provides a sweet alternative to other omega-3 foods and supplements and can provide many healthy benefits for the body," says Joseph Maroon, M.D., Maramor advisor and author of Fish Oil, the Natural Anti-Inflammatory. "Chocolate is a particularly good food to enrich with omega-3 because it contains compounds that aid in its absorption. And dark chocolate is a natural source of antioxidants which help reduce cell damage."