A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in March revealed that certain types of chocolate consumption is linked to slimmer bodies but did you know there are other health benefits to the tasty treat as well?
A study published out of Australia this week suggests that chocolate and other cocoa products have the ability to slightly reduce blood pressure in individuals with hypertension. The study also reveals that chocolate and cocoa have the same effect on those with normal blood pressure.
The latest study analyzed 20 studies over the past 10 years. The studies involved 856 healthy adults and revealed “a statistically significant blood pressure reducing effect of flavonol-rich cocoa products compared with control in short-term trials of two to 18 weeks duration.”
Karin Ried, the lead researcher for this study, says that the results are promising for individuals suffering from high blood pressure. “Although we don’t yet have evidence for any sustained decrease in blood pressure, the small reduction we saw over the short term might complement other treatment options and might contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease,” she says.
Most health experts urge consumers to purchase dark chocolate as it has the highest level of cocoa and poses the most health benefits. A reader on CBC.ca says that the types of chocolate that are proven to boast the best health benefits are those with at least 70% cocoa.
Other foods/drinks linked to lowering blood pressure include red wine, green tea and berries.
Source(s): CBC.ca, BBC.co.uk