A study published in the British Medical Journal and delivered at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Paris proves chocolate’s potential beneficial properties for the heart and the vessels.
The results of the research bear out the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of chocolate as well as its ability to bring down blood pressure and increase insulin response. A large intake of chocolate diminishes the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases by 37%, that of heart attacks by 29% and that of apoplectic attacks by 22%.
Scientists discovered that chocolate is rich in antioxidants of the flavonoid family, in particular epicatechin that protects blood vessels. It goes most for black chocolate that contains less fats and sugar and more antioxidants.