Thursday, July 23, 2009

How's your blood pressure?

As a lover of chocolate... Did you know that just 30 calories per day of chocolate may be enough to help reduce your blood pressure? As far as serving sizes go, that’s only about a Hershey’s Kiss worth. But you have to eat the right kind of chocolate, according to Joseph Maroon, MD, author of The Longevity Factor. He recommends nonsweetened or minimally sweetened dark chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cocoa (my favorite!). Crazy for CocoaDark chocolate can also help reduce atherosclerosis and blood clotting, aid blood flow, contribute to an overall reduction in heart attacks, and improve cholesterol levels, according to Dr. Maroon. And it’s all thanks to the powerful antioxidants found in the cocoa bean.

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