Natural compounds in cocoa and dark chocolate may aid the cardiovascular system by improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure.Scientists have also discovered that cocoa may help maintain healthy arteries.
The flavanols in dark chocolate and cocoa are key to heart health because they deactivate unstable molecules in your blood called free radicals. Free radicals can aggravate the bad cholesterol in your blood and lead to the clogged arteries. Flavanols have also been shown to stimulate the production of nitric oxide, a key gas inside artery walls that relaxes and widens arteries, allowing for the easy flow of blood and reduced blood pressure.
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