At a daily intake of 25 mg, epicatechin was associated with average reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure of 4.1 and 2.0 mmHg, respectively.
The evidence for real chocolate continues get stronger, and the unhealthy perception previously applied to chocolate is really only relevant to the candy bars, and perhaps even milk chocolate. Dark chocolate, or straight up cacao, seem rather healthy in light of the studies conducted in the last decade. In fact, you may even see chocolate extracts being used in nutritional supplements--whether it be for brain health, heart health, blood pressure, or other.
Enjoy it, guilt-free!
Source: Epicatechin ingested via cocoa products reduces blood pressure in humans: a nonlinear regression model with a Bayesian approach
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