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Quickly Lower Blood Pressure with Delicious Dark Chocolate

Updated on July 5, 2011

Want to quickly lower blood pressure in a way that's both delicious and enjoyable? Sure you do. And believe it or not, dark chocolate can help you do just that. According to a recent study1, eating adaily dose of dark chocolate can reduce your blood pressure by as much as 6 points.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, you know that it is responsible for many serious health conditions including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. So why not lower your blood pressure naturally and delicious with this proven method?­­

Quickly Lower Blood Pressure

Quickly lower blood pressure by eating this type of delicious dark chocolate.
Quickly lower blood pressure by eating this type of delicious dark chocolate. | Source

Dark Chocolate: A Delicious Way to Lower Blood Pressure Quickly

In a recent study, 15 participants indulged in 3 1/2 ounces of dark chocolate every day for  15 days followed by 7 days of eating no chocolate at all. Following these 7 days, they ate 3.2 ounces of white chocolate for 15 more days. What researchers found may surprise you.

The researchers discovered the 15 participants not only lowered their blood pressure by 6 points, but that the participants also had less insulin resistance and improved sugar metabolism during the 15 days of eating dark chocolate. 

Researchers found these results only during the time when the participants ate the dark chocolate. No benefits were discovered from not eating chocolate or eating white chocolate.

Why Does Dark Chocolate Lower High Blood Pressure?

Dark chocolate lowers high blood pressure because it contains flavonoids. Flavanoids are antioxidant-rich compounds that lowerblood pressure because they help the lining of blood vessels expand and contract better and control blood flow more effectively.

Flavonoids are part of a large family of compounds. These compounds are in the seeds and skins of plants, such as grapes, cocoa beans, and citrus fruits.While this research is exciting to chocolate lovers everywhere, it's not new information. There are other studies that get the same results with other foods high in flavonoids. Some other foods high in these helpful antioxidant are tea and wine.

How to Quickly Lower Blood Pressure with Dark Chocolate

If you're wondering how to lower blood pressure quickly with chocolate, it's easy. In the study that proves you can lower your blood pressure by 6 points, the participants simply ate 3 1/2 ounces of dark chocolate per day. Just be sure that you choose chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa in it. Without this amount of cocoa, you won't quickly lower your blood pressure.

1Grassi, D. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 2005; vol 81: pp 611-614


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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great hub, and best of all we can eat more chocolate thanks for that.

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      Joseph Davis 7 years ago from Florida

      Great article! Glad I have great BP, since I love Milk chocolate! If only all the diabetics with horrible BP that I go to as a Paramedic would read your hub!!

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