10. Dark Chocolate
The flavonoids of cocoa powder are known for their benefits in lowering blood pressure. These flavonoids help the body in forming nitrites, which in turn relaxes the blood vessels and eases blood flow, thus lowering the BP. However, the quantities must be modest as they contain caffeine and eating large amounts of it works in the reverse.
Studies have also suggested that the flavonoids of dark chocolates decrease the free radical damage of LDL cholesterol, preventing blockages in arteries of the heart. There is also some evidence that flavonoids act as natural blood thinners, thus preventing clots. Dark chocolate is also associated with mood enhancement and improved cognitive function.
Pick a chocolate with over 70% dark chocolate for benefits and remember they are still loaded with calories. Stick to one or two squares only.
So you see, 40 is great! You just need to follow a healthy diet, keep your portions under control, avoid empty calories, exercise and LIVE.