Rejoice chocolate lovers, you can have that extra piece – but make sure it’s of the dark kind. A new study from
Dark chocolate is already known to contain high levels of antioxidants, which are thought to be beneficial to health. Now, a team from
Lead researcher Ingrid Persson at
In their study, 10 men and six women had blood samples taken before and after eating 75 grams of dark chocolate - a large piece. Within three hours, the team saw a blood pressure enzyme known as ACE had been inhibited by up to 18 %. This is as effective as ACE inhibitor drugs currently given to the millions of patients with high blood pressure. Said Dr. Peterson: “We have previously shown that green tea inhibits the enzyme ACE, which is involved in the body’s fluid balance and blood pressure regulation.” Other studies have shown that dark chocolate may also reduce stress levels and boost mood. A bar of chocolate – the new Swedish study shows chocolate could be a sweet way to be released of hypertension.