If you are tired of various drugs that regulate blood pressure, then you can take advantage of the results of recent studies. Scientists from the Cochrane Library have found that using cocoa every day can help you solve this problem.
In a study, scientists studied the effects of cocoa on health. It turned out that adults who consumed cocoa every day had better blood pressure compared with those who did not. Cocoa can be consumed as dark chocolate or a cocoa drink. Such an effect on the human body is explained by the presence of antioxidants in cocoa – flavanols. This type of antioxidant promotes the production of nitric oxide in the body, which stimulates the functioning of blood vessels, causing them to relax and expand.
I am sure that this research result is very pleasing to all chocolate lovers. But this does not mean that you can eat all the chocolates and candy bars. Only high-quality chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 80% is suitable for the prevention of blood pressure. Nutrition expert Tanya Zuckerbrot suggests using different methods to get flavanol, and all of them do not exceed 200 calories.
Dessert with strawberries and chocolate.
This simple and affordable dessert will give you only 180 calories for 3 strawberries. Melt 1 ounce of dark chocolate and pour it over strawberries. Let cool and enjoy it.
Chocolate Protein Shake.
1 ounce of delicious cocktail contains 130 calories. Mix protein powder with water or milk, add grains of cocoa or chocolate chips. You can use this cocktail for breakfast or before training.
A bar of dark chocolate.
Three squares contain 165 calories.
Always keep a bar of quality dark chocolate at home. Use no more than three squares per day as a dessert.