Eat chocolate daily to boost your workouts and lower BP

Updated: Aug 05, 2011, 12:33 PM IST

New York: Next time, when you reach for that bar of Hershey`s, know that it only takes a bite or two of chocolate to get the benefits.

A new study has suggested that a daily bite of chocolate could bolster your workouts, reports the New York Daily News.

Scientists gave a group of mice a twice-daily dose of purified form of epicatechin, cacao`s chief beneficial compound. These mice outperformed the group of mice who had not been given the chocolate-y supplement, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego.

The cacao chemical also increased the physiological response in the test group`s leg muscles.

Dark chocolate in tiny amounts has also been shown to lower blood pressure.