Daily dose of chocolate to lower BP

Last Updated: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 14:14

New Delhi: 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 theNew 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.


First Published: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 14:14

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