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Dark Chocolate for High Blood Pressure?

separator It appears that dark chocolate may lower blood pressure in people who have hypertension, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Study participants—all of whom had high blood pressure—ate three and a half ounces of dark chocolate per day. After two weeks, they demonstrated a decline in blood pressure.

Researchers believe that a component of Italian dark chocolate, called flavonoids, is responsible for this reduction. Remember, they ate only three and a half ounces, not a full-size candy bar. And it was a high-quality dark chocolate.

If you’d like to see whether you could experience the same benefit, be sure to adjust the rest of your daily calories to account for the addition of the chocolate. And whatever you do, don’t stop taking any blood pressure medication your doctor has prescribed.

Source:
Circulation, June 2005



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