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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Chocolate for your blood pressure?


Researchers at the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany have found that cocoa products can reduce blood pressure almost as much as the commonly prescribed drugs for that purpose. It seems that cocoa contains chemicals know as polyphenols. Polyphenols are known to help prevent cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure. Polyphenols are present in many vegetables and in tea, but it seems that a particular type that is present in cocoa is more active than other types.
Chocolate itself, due to the high sugar and fat content is still bad for you, but the cocoa in it might help you with your blood pressure. So the next time you feel guilty about eating chocolate, you can claim it's for your heart.

Via Scientific American: Cocoa, not tea, calms blood pressure, study says

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