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Dark Chocolate Reduces Cholesterol And High Blood Pressure – Study

May 31, 2012: 03:06 AM EST
An Australian study involving 2,013 people with high blood pressure and pre-diabetic metabolic syndrome found that consumption of dark chocolate lowers both blood pressure and cholesterol. Participants in the study had no history of cardiovascular disease and were not receiving anti-hypertensive therapy. Researchers said daily intake of 100 g (3.5 oz.) of dark chocolate reduced cardiovascular events by 85 in a population of 10,000 over ten years. To be effective,  the chocolate needs to be dark and at least 60-70 percent cocoa, or formulated to be enriched with polyphenols.
Ella Zomer et al., "The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of dark chocolate consumption as prevention therapy in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease: best case scenario analysis using a Markov model", British Medical Journal (BMJ), May 31, 2012, © Open Access
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