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Good news for chocoholics - Cocoa may reduce blood pressure

Previously, cocoa flavanols have been found to lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness as much as some blood pressure medication. Now, researchers from the University of Surrey have discovered that cocoa flavanols only decrease blood pressure in a person if they have elevated levels.Professor Christian Heiss explained, "The positive impact cocoa flavanols have on our cardiovascular system, in particular, blood vessel function and blood pressure, is undeniable” Doctors often fear that some blood pressure tablets can decrease the blood pressure too much on some days.”

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