Dr Karin Ried worked with a team of researchers from the University of Adelaide, Australia, to conduct the analysis. She said:
Flavanols have been shown to increase the formation of endothelial nitric oxide, which promotes vasodilation and consequently may lower blood pressure. There have, however, been conflicting results as to the real-life effects of eating chocolate. We've found that consumption can significantly, albeit modestly, reduce blood pressure for people with high blood pressure but not for people with normal blood pressure.You can check out the findings over at Science Daily.
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