Dark Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure

For people with hypertension, eating dark chocolate can significantly reduce blood pressure.

Researchers learned this by combining the results of 15 studies into the effects of flavanols, the compounds in chocolate which cause dilation of blood vessels.

Eurekalert reports:

“The pressure reduction seen in the combined results for people with hypertension, 5mm Hg systolic, may be clinically relevant -- it is comparable to the known effects of 30 daily minutes of physical activity (4-9mm Hg) and could theoretically reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event by about 20 percent over five years.”

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