High Blood Pressure – Can Eating Chocolate Really Help Lower It?

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Coming from someone who has had to deal with high blood pressure over the last few years, I was up for anything that would help lower it. Taking pills on a day to day basis helps, but do I really want to have to take pills the rest of my life? No. So I went on a search for foods and ways to naturally lower my blood pressure and take care of it for good. Here is news on whether or not chocolate can help lower your high blood pressure.

Early indicators and studies over the last few years confirm that chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, can help people with hypertension and high blood pressure. For some, it can help significantly.

Now when I read this, I was ecstatic and jumping for joy – chocolate had always been one of my favorite food groups! However, my skeptical side needed more information to really believe that dark chocolate would help me. So, out I went to research – books, online sources, and doctors. To save you time and effort, here is what I found out.

One compound of dark chocolate is called flavanols or flavan-3-ols. Without boring you with too much detail, flavanols cause vasodilation of blood vessels, or the widening of the blood vessels. With wider blood vessels, this allows for easier and increased flow of blood, resulting in lower blood pressure. These flavanols help relax the smooth muscle surrounding the blood vessels, removing the stimulus for contraction.

Is that not great news? Eat dark chocolate, which in turns eases blood flow, and helps lower high blood pressure. But, and there is always a but, scientists do not all agree with the findings.

It turns out that consumption of dark chocolate can benefit those already with high blood pressure, and has little effect on people with normal levels. Also, over-eating of dark chocolate to reap its benefits is the wrong thinking too. Considering the high levels of sugar and calories in dark chocolate (about 500 calories per 100 grams), they recommend watching just how much you eat. If you eat too much in an attempt to lower high blood pressure, you end up with weight gain and a whole different set of issues.

Many of the dark chocolate products you see in the stores have a lot of processed ingredients, and are just not as useful as you might think. To get the most out of the effects of dark chocolate, choose plain bars and look for those that contain at least 70% cocoa. I have included some examples on my web site for you to consider.

So in the end, as skeptical as I am, I came to believe I can trust in the power of dark chocolate. As with anything else in your life and health, always think about the “M” word: moderation. A healthy and balanced diet with regular exercise is essential and nothing out there on its own is a magical cure.

Taking care of high blood pressure should not mean popping pills the rest of your life, unless that is what you want. Instead, there are an abundance of natural products out there providing you with the same results. For additional products and ideas about how to lower your high blood pressure, take a moment and visit my site, http://remedieshighbloodpressure.com. While I do not have all the answers, I might have just what you need that makes a difference between life and death.

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  • this really is good news! Thanks for doing the research for us. I’ll be sure to look for 70% chocolate without a lot of sugar added. The moderation thing may be a bit more difficult 🙂