Blood Pressure, Hypertension and Healthy Dark Chocolate

Can you believe that healthy, dark chocolate can help with hypertension? Dean Ornish M.D. (founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California)tells us of

a study about Blood Pressure, Hypertension and Healthy Dark Chocolate published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003 reported that Healthy Dark Chocolate may also lower your Blood Pressure and reduce Hypertension.

Research

Researchers at the University of Cologne studied men and women who were recently diagnosed with mild high blood pressure.

Half were given 100g (about 3.5 ounces) of dark chocolate per day and half were given white chocolate. After only two weeks systolic blood pressure decreased on average by five points and diastolic blood pressure by two points in those consuming dark chocolate, but not those consuming white chocolate.

Blood pressure and insulin

In a similar study researchers from Italy reported in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension that 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate for one week lowered systolic blood pressure by 12 points and diastolic blood pressure by 8.5 points when blood pressure was monitored continuously for 24 hours.

Insulin sensitivity and LDL cholesterol also improved. No benefits were seen with white chocolate. Another study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that chocolate may help repair damage to smokers' blood vessels, at least temporarily.

Why?

Chocolate increases your body's production of nitric oxide, a powerful substance that causes your blood vessels to relax and dilate. This, in turn, causes an increase in blood flow and a decrease in blood pressure—like opening a water spigot.

A study published in July in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that just 30 calories per day of dark chocolate lowered blood pressure and increased nitric oxide production after 18 weeks.


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Aphrodisiac?

Nitric oxide is also stimulated by drugs such as Viagra and Levitra, which increase blood flow to the penis and enhance erections. This may be one of the reasons why chocolate has had a long reputation as an aphrodisiac. Casanova is said to have considered it as his "favorite breakfast dish."

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What people are saying...


Lucie's personal experience:


Since I’ve been eating this Healthy Chocolate, my blood pressure has dropped enough that my doctor has reduced my medication. I really feel great and have so much more energy!


High Blood Pressure

Healthy chocolate combats family history of high blood pressure “My family has a history of high blood pressure. I am 37 years old, and my blood pressure was averaging between 150 and 159 before I started to drink a healthy chocolate antioxidant beverage. Since I started using the drink, my blood pressure has dropped 40 points. Needless to say, my entire family is using this healthy chocolate with acai.” (Jedd N)


Dosage of blood thinner reduced

“Since 2003 my heart has been out of sinus rhythm.

As a result I was put on a blood thinner to protect from blood clots. In October of 2006 I started taking this healthy chocolate. I have my blood checked every month, and since I started taking the chocolate, my dosage of blood thinner has been reduced four times. I would much rather take a piece of chocolate than a pill.” (Beauford J)


High blood pressure

“Thank you for your generous offer on the healthy chocolate!! I started like you said Sunday a week ago and haven’t missed a time yet; I’m doing 3oz per day as you said to.

Funny thing, I stopped by the pharmacy where I always check my blood pressure which runs, on my meds, about 130 over 85ish. This time it was 111 over 77….this is not right….checked it again 111 over 77 after the third try with the same reading I believed it. That’s the lowest I have ever seen in my life!!

I’ll be checking my weight this evening to see if there’s any change there. Due to the bp and cholesterol meds I have to visit the doctor every 6 months and it just so happens I will see him in Oct so if this keeps up I’m going to ask him to lower my dosage from 40mg to 20mg and let’s see what happens.

I’ll keep you posted and again thanks and I love you guys!!!! “ (Chris L. )


Heart rate

“I was first introduced to healthy chocolate in the latter part of November 2006. At the time, I had no idea what healthy chocolate was, or what it could do for our bodies.

I had a high heart rate for several years—95 to 115 beats per minute. My wife would watch my pulse in my temple and tell me that my heart was going to explode someday. We were visiting with my mother in June of 2007, and when my mother was checking her blood pressure and heart rate my wife asked me to check mine (I had not checked my heart rate since I had been on the chocolate).

We checked my heart rate and it was 63. We thought we did something wrong, so we checked it again. It was 64 the second time we checked it. The only thing I have done is start taking healthy chocolate daily. Still unsure, we checked my heart rate again when visiting with my mom a month later, it was 68. My wife and I are excited. We now have a product that we can depend on to help maintain our health. Thanks for this wonderful product.” (Bill A)





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