February 16, 2015
Why You Need More Chocolate in Your Life Part 10: Reduce Risk of Pregnancy Complications
Preeclampsia is one of the most serious complications of pregnancy, responsible for up to 13% of the maternal deaths around the world. It's definitely a complication to be concerned about, which is why you should make sure to eat more chocolate! Chocolate is loaded with a stimulant called theobromine. This compound--similar to caffeine-- can help to reduce your risk of preeclampsia drastically. It will relax the smooth muscle of your blood vessels and heart, reducing the risk of clots. Chocolate also dilates your arteries, increasing blood flow throughout your body. It also stimulates the heart, giving it the energy it needs to pump sufficient blood to all of the important muscles and organs. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Source: travelandescape.ca[/caption] Preeclampsia is actually very similar to high blood pressure, which is why chocolate (known for lowering blood pressure) has been proven beneficial for preventing the disorder. Women who consumed the highest quantities of dark chocolate were 69% less likely to develop preeclampsia than women who ate less. Even just five or more servings per week lowered the risk of preeclampsia by 40%. A great reason to eat chocolate while pregnant!