Our newspaper recently carried yet another news story about chocolate actually being healthy for us and now we have discovered some information resources we would like to share with you. From Healthy Holistic Living, we share some tidbits from this article…
How To Use Dark Chocolate As A Medicine
Calling all chocolate lovers! Now is your chance to really indulge and rid yourself of the guilt you feel when eating that chocolate you love. Multiple studies show that dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients and can positively affect your health…
“But don’t get me wrong here… although there are plenty of health benefits, chocolate is unfortunately also high in calories coming from fat and sugar. So don’t swap all your veggie and fruit snacks with chocolate. Like with many things in life, moderation is the key here.
Always opt for dark chocolate with the highest cocoa content (at least 70%). Dark chocolate contains polyphenols and flavanols, which work as an antioxidant to protect your body from damage done by free radicals. Unrefined raw cocoa also contains epicatechins, another powerful antioxidants, but it has a bitter taste and is therefore often removed from commercially available chocolate.”
1. Dark Chocolate Makes You Smarter:
It’s true. Studies have shown that those who consume a nice hot cup of hot chocolate in the evenings before bed have over time improved brain function. It does this by increasing the blood flow in your brain and your heart, which instantly improves your cognitive function.
2. Dark Chocolate Gives You Youth:
High in anti-oxidants, dark chocolate helps combat the radical cell damage caused by toxins and free radical activity through aging. Stay young and healthy by eating chocolate.
3. Dark Chocolate is Excellent for The Heart:
Studies have shown that those who do indulge in eating dark chocolate have lower blood pressure, improved blood flow and have a smaller risk of blood clots. Strengthen your heart by eating dark chocolate 3 times a week.
4. Dark Chocolate Improves Your Mood:
Chocolate has been proven to put you in a better mood, make you calmer and feel more relaxed. Which is just as important as any other health benefit. Now you know why you want chocolate when you’re stressed or in despair.
5. Dark Chocolate is a Vitamin Source:
Chocolate contains some great vitamins and minerals that support good health. This list includes: potassium, copper, magnesium, iron. All of which are in high concentrations to provide you with the protection against such things as: stroke, anemia, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
6. Reduce Your Cholesterol…
Regular consumption of dark chocolate may reduce your cholesterol. Its antioxidants protect oxidation of LDL cholesterol and prevents artery damage.
7. Hot Raw Chocolate For A Cough…
Chocolate contains theobromine which soothes a cough and has a similar effect to codeine. So try a hot cup of almond milk and raw cocoa when you have a cough.
8. Lower Your Blood Pressure…
Flavanols help your arteries to relax, which lowers blood flow and blood pressure.
9. Reduce Stress Levels…
Dark chocolate contains magnesium, which gives us a happy, feel good vibe and lifts our spirit. And there is more – compounds found in dark chocolate lower cortisol levels to relax body and mind.
10. Dark Chocolate Protects Your Skin…
Flavonoids in dark chocolate protect your skin from UV damage. But don´t see it as your new sunscreen, you still need that when going out in the sun.
11. Natural Painkiller…
Chocolate stimulates our body to produce calming and pain relieving endorphins.
So as stated earlier, if you needed a reason you can’t go wrong with these. You can eat chocolate in moderation and freely, knowing now that it can do great things for your body.
Jeannie here- We love chocolate and have been thrilled to learn that it is a healthy food as long as chemicals haven’t been added, and remember, any ingredient that has been changed from it’s original source is considered a chemical- strange, but true. That means your chocolate should be sweetened with cane juice, stevia, honey– anything that is natural in nature, not processed sugars which includes all sugar alcohols.
Here is another interesting chocolate article you may enjoy… http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-5-best-dark-chocolate-bars-in-the-world/#axzz3S29EEFmB.
TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH- DELICIOUSLY!
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