Sunday, June 26, 2005

Dark Chocolate is Sweet for the Arteries

The health benefits of dark chocolate have been trumpeted for years, but a new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension gives more credence to the advantages of this much-beloved food. Researchers report that the flavonoids present in dark chocolate may have a protective effect on the cardiovascular system. Apparently, these flavonoids have a dilatory effect that helps to stimulate blood flow. Chocolate consumption also appeared to lead to a decrease in aortic stiffness, which scientists point out is an important predictor of cardiovascular risk. Either way, here's another reason to indulge in a few squares of the high-quality stuff.


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