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Can Chocolate Lower Your Blood Pressure? New Study Says….Yes!

Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 10, 2007

Can Chocolate Really Lower Blood Pressure? New Study Says….Yes!

If this isn’t the best news for women who love chocolate, I don’t know what is. Although this isn’t a “free pass” to eat all the chocolate you want. Dark chocolate still appears to be the most helpful, and you would still want to eat it in moderation. Although, I have to admit…..I have a hard time with that part.

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Some may see a cup of tea as soothing but chocolate is more likely to lower one’s blood pressure, German researchers reported on Monday.

Foods rich in cocoa appear to reduce blood pressure but drinking green and black tea may not, according to an analysis of previously published research in the Archives of Internal Medicine, published by the American Medical Association.

The drop in blood pressure among participants who consumed cocoa products for at least two weeks was in the same range as achieved by someone taking drugs commonly prescribed to control high blood pressure.

The fall in blood pressure credited to cocoa could be expected to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks by 10-20 percent, the report said.

Both cocoa and tea contain polyphenols, a class of chemicals known to help prevent cardiovascular disease that are present in most fruits and vegetables. But cocoa has a different type than tea — procyanids — that appear to be more active. READ FULL ARTICLE

I think I may conduct my own test on this. I have high blood pressure, and recently I had to stop taking my medication because it was exacerbating my asthma symptoms. I think I will begin to monitor my blood pressure daily, as well as begin to eat a few pieces of dark chocolate…….And see if I notice a difference in two or three weeks. I’ll let you know how it goes in a future post. Until then, check out the new research for yourself. I do want to point out that you should never stop taking any medication without consulting your doctor first.

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9 Responses to “Can Chocolate Lower Your Blood Pressure? New Study Says….Yes!”

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  4. I try not to use this as an excuse to go overboard but I stick to the extra dark chocolate. Women have always known it had to be good for you-LOL!

  5. I agree, I always knew there had to be a good reason why I loved dark chocolate so much. 🙂

  6. Austin said

    I think chocolate should be covered by insurance. I really do. I mean, the benefits are great with fewer side effects than anything Lilly or GlaxoSmithKliene has ever put out. Do you realize how that would put the Hershey company at the top of the economic “food chain”? My goodness, just think of it. You stop by the drug store to get get hair gel AND pick up your chocolate script. I can so see this.
    Let us know how your new therapy for high blood pressure works out.
    Austin

  7. Thanks for the comment Austin.

    I like your analogy only one problem….If Hershey finds out how much $$$$$ the pharmaceutical companies are getting for peddling their medications, the price of dark chocolate is likely to go through-the-roof. 🙂

    I will let you know how my little experiment goes, I am hoping to get to the store today and pick-up my “supply”. But, I will keep you posted…..funny, “posted”….. 🙂

    Have a great day.

  8. Jeff said

    Actually I saw a candy bar in 7-11 the other day, I believe it was made by Hershey, called “Antioxidant Chocolate”. If everything that is good for you tastest bad, we will have to test this idea.

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