Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading producer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, will present the results of new research into ACTICOA™ chocolate at Health Ingredients Europe 2008. The study, conducted by the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, demonstrates that ACTICOA dark chocolate contributes to maintaining a healthy blood pressure. This confirms the results of previous research undertaken.
Barry Callebaut’s ACTICOA chocolate helps to maintain healthy blood pressure
- Barry Callebaut’s ACTICOA cocoa and chocolate are rich in cocoa flavanols and are good for your wellbeing, without compromising on taste
- Enjoying a daily serving of 17g of ACTICOA dark chocolate for two weeks helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure
- Several products containing ACTICOA cocoa powder or chocolate are already available
Daily consumption of 17g of ACTICOA dark chocolate containing 500mg of cocoa flavanols, for 2 weeks, helps maintain healthy blood pressure
Two test groups, each comprising of 17 people with normal blood pressure levels, consumed a small portion of dark ACTICOA chocolate every day for two weeks. For the first group, the portion of ACTICOA chocolate contained 500mg of cocoa flavanols. For the second group, the portion contained 1,000mg of cocoa flavanols. After two weeks, both groups, independent of the dose, displayed significantly reduced blood pressure.
A reduction of seven points was observed in systolic blood pressure and five points in diastolic blood pressure: expressed as a reduction of 7/5mm of mercury. This reduction has a proven beneficial effect on our health, as a reduction in blood pressure of 7/5mmHg reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, it can lead to an 8% reduction in stroke, a 5% reduction in coronary artery disease mortality and a 4% reduction in all-cause mortality. This is underwritten by cardiologists the world over.
ACTICOA cocoa and chocolate are rich in antioxidants and have a scientifically-proven, beneficial effect on human health. ACTICOA keeps our natural resistance to oxidative stress intact, maintains a healthy heart and is good for a healthy blood pressure and blood circulation. ACTICOA products protect brain function and give us a general, healthy glow.