Flavanols in Cocoa May Help Reduce Blood Pressure

A new study, published in the Frontiers journal, finds that flavanols in cocoa can be effective in lowering blood pressure in people with ideal blood pressure, but not when it was already low, as well as reduce arterial stiffness.Flavanols in Cocoa May Help Reduce Blood Pressure

For the current study, researchers recruited eleven healthy adults who received alternating doses of cocoa flavanol capsules and placebo capsules during the period of 8 days. After this, the scientists compared the results for each individual as well as between individuals. The analysis of the received data showed that cocoa flavanols were effective in lowering blood pressure and reducing arterial stiffness.

Prof. Christian Heiss, study author and professor of cardiovascular medicine, says: “The study confirms that cocoa flavanols can lower blood pressure and improve arterial stiffness. The new thing is that it does so in the normal life of healthy people and only lowers it if it is ‘high’ even in the ‘normal range.”

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