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Why Chocolate Protects Against Heart Disease

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2010) — Numerous studies have shown that cocoa has a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. The reason for this has now been uncovered by researchers at Linköping University in Sweden. When a group of volunteers devoured a good-sized piece of dark chocolate, it inhibited an enzyme in their bodies that is known to raise blood pressure.

The findings, now being published in Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, were revealed by a group of drug researchers headed by Ingrid Persson. "We have previously shown that green tea inhibits the enzyme ACE, which is involved in the body's fluid balance and blood pressure regulation. Now we wanted to study the effect of cocoa, since the active substances catechins and procyanidines are related," says Ingrid Persson.

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hakeber
Nov. 15th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I eat only 80% plus dark chocolate and drink lots of green tea. Ok, so my blood pressure has always been normal, but still...
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