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Dark Chocolate Can Lower

Your Blood Pressure


It has to be Dark Chocolate

& Unfortunately, you only need a very small amount



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Cutting edge research into Chocolate now indicates that a square (only a square) of dark chocolate a day can lower blood pressure without piling on weight.


A team of German scientists conclude that a little dark chocolate (very little) could offer an alternative short cut for people with slightly high blood pressure to bring it down a bit. This would be an escape from the traditional low fat diet which is a byword for boredom.


Previous research has indicated that consumption of high amounts of cocoa-containing foods can lower blood pressure, believed to be due to the action of the cocoa polyphenols, a group of chemical substances in plants that include heart beneficial kinds, called flavanols. So why the small amount of chocolate?


The obvious concern is that the benefits of a reduction in blood pressure contributed by the flavanols could be offset by the high sugar, fat and calories of chocolate. Sorry, there’s no free lunch.


To investigate, Dr Dirk Taubert of University Hospital of Cologne, Germany, and colleagues conducted a trial on 44 adults with borderline high blood pressure, giving them either 6.3 g (30 calories) per day of dark chocolate containing 30 milligrams of polyphenols, or matching polyphenol-free white chocolate. This worked out as one little square of a 100-gram bar containing 16 squares.


It has to be Dark Chocolate


The researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that dark chocolate intake reduced average blood pressure without changes in body weight, blood plasma levels of fats or sugars. Hypertension prevalence declined from 86 percent to 68 percent. Blood pressure was unchanged in the white chocolate group.


Overall, they cut blood pressure by up to two millimetres of mercury with a square of chocolate each day. "Although the magnitude of the blood pressure reduction was small, the effects are clinically noteworthy," the team concluded.


Over a population, it has been estimated that a three millimetre mercury reduction in systolic blood pressure (the top one) would reduce the relative risk of stroke mortality by 8 percent, of coronary artery disease mortality by five percent, and of all-cause mortality by four percent.


The researchers point out (strenuously) that they were not sponsored by a Chocolate manufacturer.




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