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Chocolate Can Lower Blood Pressure? (Don't Get Too Excited!) - (blog): Daily MailChocolate C...

Chocolate Can Lower Blood Pressure? (Don't Get Too Excited!) - (blog): Daily MailChocolate C...

An analysis of 20 studies has found that daily consumption of dark chocolate can slightly lower blood pressure . The reason is flavanols, compounds in cocoa that produce a chemical, nitrous oxide, which helps to relax blood vessels so that blood passes more easily through them. The UK-based the Cochrane Collaboration , which reviews research to investigate the effectiveness of health claims, conducted the analysis. NPR sums up the studies, which ranged in length from two to 18 weeks: Volunteers in the studies consumed dark chocolate or cocoa powder each day ranging from 3 to 100 grams (a regular-size 1.5-ounce Hershey bar is about 43 grams). And the results? Overall, there were small reductions in blood pressure, averaging 2-3 mm Hg. (Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury .) The reduction in blood pressure from eating dark chocolate is modest and eating it i...

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