Sunday, September 25, 2005

Dark chocolate may reduce blood pressure, improve insulin resistance

For chocloate lovers who've been told their favorite treat was "unhealthy" there is now a suggestion that dark chocolate may reduce blood pressure and improve insulin resistance, according to a report in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers report in this article that if you have high blood pressure, a daily bar-sized serving of flavonol-rich dark chocolate might lower your blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.

Previous studies suggest flavonoid-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables, tea, red wine and chocolate, might offer cardiovascular benefits, but this is one of the first clinical trials to look specifically at dark chocolate's effect on lowering blood pressure among people with hypertension, said study author Jeffrey B. Blumberg, Ph.D.

Read the full report: Dark Chocolate

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