As you hear the name “” your mouth waters! You are allured by the delicious and stimulating taste of chocolates. At the same time you are worried about the harmful effects of eating too much chocolates. But you must know that recent studies have proven that chocolates high in cocoa solids provide potential health benefits. So toss up good health and nutrition by treating yourself with chocolates!
Reduces high blood pressure
- Flavonoids in cocoa (procyanids) help balance blood pressure and reduce blood clotting.
Improves blood flow to brain
- Drinking cocoa drinks rich in flavanols improves blood flow to key areas of the brain for two to three hours. Flavanols in the cocoa drink are a key ingredient of dark chocolate. Cocoa flavanols in chocolate may enhance brain function to help fight sleep deprivation, fatigue, and the effects of aging.
- Caffeine and other chemicals in dark chocolate can improve your mood and ease premenstrual symptoms. Chemical phenylethylamine in chocolate has been found to trigger feelings similar to “falling in love.”
Prevents cell damage and Improves blood sugar levels
- Flavonoids in pure dark chocolate are responsible for these added benefits.
Reduces risk of heart attack
- Eating a few squares of dark chocolate every day may reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack by almost 50%. Blood platelets clotted slower in people who eat chocolate.
Helps ease chronic fatigue syndrome
- Adults with chronic fatigue syndrome who eat 1.5 ounces of 85% cocoa dark chocolate were less fatigued after they eat chocolate.
Raises HDL cholesterol and lowers LDL cholesterol
- Diets high in cocoa powder and dark chocolate (with high flavonoid content) are related to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels when compared with diets low in flavonoids such as tea, wine, coffee, and onions.
Improves processing of blood sugar
- Dark chocolate consumption increased the body’s metabolism of blood sugar and may reduce the risk of diabetes.
Eases a persistent cough
- Theobromine, a component in cocoa, may be more effective as a cough medicine than standard drug treatments.
Many chocolates can be high in calories, sugar, and saturated fat. To maximize the health benefits of chocolate, avoid eating processed chocolate products that have refined sugar and milk fat.
Instead, choose the purest dark chocolate you can find – the more raw and unprocessed, the higher the flavonoid content. The best dark chocolate to eat has at least 60% cocoa solids.
P.S : Therefore chocoholics leave all your worries behind and boost your health by grabbing your favorite chocolate bar right away! Chocolate could be a PERFECT gift for this coming Valentine's for your loved ones! ♥