It was already known from other positive properties of chocolate. Not long ago a study claimed that black chocolate helps reduce stress, can relieve pain, is better than sports drinks for muscle recovery and even that is a strong antioxidant.
There were also indications that controlled consumption was beneficial for the heart. That asegurabanen 2008 in a study by scientists at the Catholic University in Campobasso, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute of Milan.
As a team of German researchers I Institute of Human Nutrition, Nuthetal corroborates what we already pointed the Italians: chocolate helps reduce blood pressure and prevent cardiovascular disease. The research results were published in the latest issue of the journal European Heart Journal.
7.5 grams of chocolate per day reduced by 27% the risk of heart disease and strokes by 48% According to the study, people who consume an average of 7.5 grams of chocolate, the equivalent of a couple of ounces of standard tablets have a 27% lower risk heart disease and 48% lower risk for stroke, while his blood pressure was between 1 and 0.9 mm Hg lower than in the rest.
The study analyzed the eating habits of a total of 19,357 people between 35 and 65 years who were followed up 10 years in which they were asked how often they ate a chocolate bar of 50 grams, two or half according to each case.
In addition, a small group of about 1,500 participants were asked which specify the type of chocolate consumed, proving that 57% took it with milk, 24% black and 2% white, although these data have not been taken into account for the final conclusions.
However, researchers believe that cocoa flannels may be responsible for this positive effect on blood pressure of individuals, so the chocolate with more cocoa percentage which would furnish the greatest advantages.