Chocolate Could Help Those With Liver Problems

04.16.10 | FL News Team

A dose of chocolate could be beneficial for patients suffering liver problems. According to a study by Spanish researchers, eating dark chocolate limited the usual after-meal blood pressure rise. In patients with cirrhotic issues, chocolate can help blood vessels relax and widen, decreasing the chance of ruptures. Researchers studied 21 patients with end-stage liver disease and found a meal containing 85-percent cocoa dark chocolate led to a smaller rise in blood pressure in the liver. Results were presented during the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver in Vienna. Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver caused by long-term damage, usually hepatitis infection and alcohol abuse.