If you're a regular reader of the chocri blog, you know we keep a close eye on the myriad health benefits of chocolate. It seems that studies keep popping up, linking (most often dark chocolate) to a multitude of healthy attributes like a decreased risk of stroke and heart disease, sun-protected skin, enhanced benefits for patients with liver problems, reduced cholesterol levels and even improved task orientation/work safety. (Have we officially named chocolate a superfood yet?)
Another study with results perhaps somewhat linked to the liver-related report has emerged, and it seems we can add another bullet point to chocolate's long list of health benefits. The short of it is that flavanols in chocolate appear to, in theory, mitigate issues caused by high blood pressure. Syfy has a scientist's take on the findings that appeared in BMC Medicine:
""Flavanols have been shown to increase the formation of endothelial nitric oxide, which promotes vasodilation and consequently may lower blood pressure. There have, however, been conflicting results as to the real-life effects of eating chocolate," she said.
"We've found that consumption can significantly, albeit modestly, reduce blood pressure for people with high blood pressure but not for people with normal blood pressure," she added.
Want to create your own heart healthy bar? Try a chocri bar with walnuts, almonds, cashews or macadamia nuts and add your favorite berry.