Chocolate lowers blood pressure and slashes risk of heart disease
(NaturalNews) As NaturalNews reported previously, Canadian scientists have found that consuming chocolate regularly significantly reduces the odds of having a stroke (http://www.naturalnews.com/028278_c…). Now other researchers have just published a study in the European Heart Journal providing even more evidence that chocolate — especially the dark variety — benefits the cardiovascular system. In fact, eating just one small square of chocolate a day can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Researchers at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Nuthetal, Germany, reached this conclusion after following 19,357 people between the ages of 35 and 65 for at least ten years and studying the research participants’ chocolate consumption. The results? Research subjects who ate the most chocolate (on average, about 7.5 grams a day) had lower blood pressure. What’s more, the risk of chocolate lovers having a heart attack or stroke was dramatically lowered, too.
“People who ate the most amount of chocolate were at a 39% lower risk than those with the lowest chocolate intakes,” Dr Brian Buijsse, the nutritional epidemiologist who led the research, said in a press statement. “To put it in terms of absolute risk, if people in the group eating the least amount of chocolate (of whom 219 per 10,000 had a heart attack or stroke) increased their chocolate intake by six grams a day, 85 fewer heart attacks and strokes per 10,000 people could be expected to occur over a period of about ten years.”