Mercy Hospital & Health Services Contact Us
About Mercy
Join Our Team
set font size large set font size medium set font size small
email this page print this page
Health Article Banner
Women's Health

Mercy Women's Care at St. Anne
3404 W. Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623

Mercy Women's Care at St. Charles
Navarre Medical Plaza
2702 Navarre Avenue
Suite 101
Oregon, OH 43616

Mercy Women's Care at St. V's
2213 Cherry Street
Toledo, OH 43608

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.

Circulation, June 2005
follow us online
facebook youtube

Contact us
Home  |  Sitemap

Disclaimer & Terms of Use  |  Privacy Statement  |  Notice of Privacy Practices
Copyright ©2016 Mercy. Last modified 9/27/2010