For years, scientists have known there's a scary link between cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure and dementia. And that makes sense. When your arteries harden, it gets harder and harder for oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to flow through your veins--and reach your brain. This type of dementia, called vascular dementia, is the second most common type of the dreaded condition, according to the Mayo Clinic.
But today, there's some sweet news out of the U.K.--and we mean that literally. British scientists have taken the anti-oxidant properties found in cocoa, and created a chocolate-based pill. Many studies, done in the U.S. and around the world, have found that chocolate (in its purest form) has many magical effects. It's been shown to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, even melt belly fat.
The pill, called BloodFlow+, works by delivering a potent hit of the flavanols found in chocolate without the calories--nearly 2,500 of them to be exact. Another difference: the chocolate in BloodFlow+ is the real thing. Translation: it's the bitterest of chocolates, without the sugar and milk to make it palatable.
For now, BloodFlow+ is only available in Britain. But, according to a Daily Mail article, U.S. scientists are also studying the effects of chocolate as a way to lower blood pressure--and stave off such age-related diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia for good.