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Here's one of the best ways to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your blood pressure in check: Take a nibble of dark chocolate.
In a German study of middle-aged and older people with mildly elevated blood pressure, those who ate a little of the dark stuff daily saw their readings drop several points after just 18 weeks of nibbling.
A Square a Day
The best news of all is that the folks in the study didn't have to eat much dark chocolate -- just one small, 30-calorie square each day. After 18 weeks, the dark chocolate eaters experienced a nearly three-point drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and about a two-point drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number). Although the drop sounds small, when it comes to blood pressure, any little improvement can mean big things for your health. And in the study, the researchers estimated that the small drop in blood pressure in the prehypertensive study participants translated into about a 21 percent lower risk for really problematic blood pressure -- the kind that's so high it requires prescription medication.
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