Is Dark Chocolate Good for Low Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Dark chocolate is good for low blood pressure. Because it has flavanols, polyphenols, and theobromine and they can improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation.

Low blood pressure is a condition that affects your blood vessels and heart.

In low blood pressure, your body does not have enough pressure to push blood through your arteries and veins.

This can lead to various health problems, such as dizziness, fainting, shock, and organ damage.

One of the key factors in managing low blood pressure is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood volume, which can impact your low blood pressure symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage low blood pressure, you should consume sodium-rich foods like salt, cheese, and olives and fluid-rich foods like water, juice, and soup and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and high-carbohydrate foods like potatoes, rice, and bread.

Now, dark chocolate is a type of chocolate that contains a high percentage of cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar.

People usually eat dark chocolate as a snack or dessert.

Dark chocolate is good for low blood pressure because it contains flavanols, polyphenols, and theobromine.

These are antioxidants that can improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation.

A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85% cocoa can give you 12.02 milligrams of iron (66% of your daily needs), 230 milligrams of magnesium (57% of your daily needs), and 3.34 milligrams of zinc (30% of your daily needs).

Flavanols can relax and widen your blood vessels, which can lower your blood pressure.

Polyphenols can protect your blood vessels from oxidative damage, which can prevent plaque buildup and improve blood flow.

Theobromine can stimulate your heart and nervous system, which can increase your blood pressure slightly and counteract the effects of low blood pressure.

Furthermore, dark chocolate is a source of calories and fat and these are good for low blood pressure.

Because, calories and fat can increase your blood volume and blood pressure.

You can eat up to one ounce of dark chocolate per day safely.

More than that can cause weight gain, acne, and headaches.

Also, you shouldn’t eat dark chocolate if you have diabetes, kidney stones, or migraines to prevent worsening your condition.

Because, dark chocolate contains sugar, oxalates, and tyramine, which can affect your blood sugar, kidney function, and brain chemicals.

You can buy fresh dark chocolate in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa and minimal added ingredients.

Because, higher cocoa content means more antioxidants and less sugar.

You can store dark chocolate in a cool, dry, and dark place for up to two years.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing low blood pressure effectively.

I always recommend my low blood pressure patients to follow a low blood pressure-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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