Tasty food could boost attention and potentially lowers blood pressure.

Posted on May 16, 2015

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Dark chocolate can improve attention and may also lower blood pressure. In this study, chocolate was being examined, its results show that it is a stimulant and it activates the brain by increasing attention and affecting blood pressure. This study looked at the effect of eating 60% cacao chocolate which is known as dark chocolate and the brain waves of the participants.

They found that consuming chocolate boosted attention and alertness. This could help those that tend to get restless in the afternoon and is unable to pay attention, particularly students. Thus, higher cacao content could increase attention further.

They also looked at chocolate that contains a substance called L-theanine which is a form of relaxant commonly found in green tea. L-theanine lowers blood pressure and produces alpha waves in the brain that is calm and peaceful. Alpha waves are commonly seen in Stage 1 of sleep.

The study proposed that since L-theanine help to lower blood pressure, chocolate increases it, then chocolate with L-theanine could counteract the short term hypertensive effects of chocolate.

Healthy chocolate? It is a possibility! One that helps you pay attention and lower blood pressure, chocolate with L-theanine that might come your way.

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