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Research Shows Dark Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure

Perhaps the best news you could ever receive is one that tells you to eat chocolate.  Well if you suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure), this might be news for you.  As it turns out, many studies dating back years all indicate that dark Chocolate helps lower your blood pressure.

How does dark chocolate accomplish this? Dark chocolate has antioxidants called flavanols.  These flavanols act as a vasodilator, opening up your blood vessels reducing blood pressure.  However, this effect does seem only prevalent in individuals with high blood pressure.

A meta-analysis of research articles from 1955-2009, dealing with chocolates effect on the cardiovascular system, found that chocolate does in fact reduce blood pressure.  Another meta-analysis, by Harvard Medical School, found that cocoa lowered blood pressure in all 1,106 participants throughout 24 different studies.

Though dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, and may even have a positive affect on cholesterol, cognitive health, and blood sugar; it is still high in trans fat.  This means that a fair amount of moderation must still be applied.  Lastly, though this article has only included three sources, there is a substantially greater amount out there.  Take a look for yourself.

 

Sources:

Pub Med

Harvard

Science Daily