More evidence dark chocolate is good for heart and mental health

A Cochrane Review of 20 studies, involving almost 900 people consuming 3–100g of dark chocolate or cocoa powder each day for 2–18 weeks, found a small but statistically significant reduction in blood pressure of 2–3mmHg.

Lead author Dr Karin Ried, research director at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne, said the reduction was comparable to other lifestyle modifications, and cocoa may serve as a complementary treatment option.

Another study – sponsored by Mars – involved 90 elderly participants with mild cognitive impairment and found regular consumption of cocoa