Nutrition

Dark Chocolate’s Gift to You

Seven ounces of dark chocolate a week provides a variety of health benefits. Keep reading to see why you should add dark chocolate to your diet!

It’s good for your mood and keeps your stress hormones at bay!

Dark chocolate contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant.  It also triggers the production of the neurotransmitter that gives one a “runner’s high.”

Dark chocolate also contains:

Flavonoids- powerful antioxidants that help prevent aging by preventing and repairing cellular damage.

-Dark chocolate has eight times the number of flavonoids found in strawberries.

-Dark chocolate has seven times the number of flavonoids found in apples.

Flavonoids found in dark chocolate:

-Protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays

-Lower blood pressure

-Increase your life expectancy

The longest anyone has ever lived was 122 years. That person was Jeanne Louise Calment who ate two and a half pounds of dark chocolate per week. A study by Harvard found that a steady intake of dark chocolate adds two years to one’s life expectancy.

Theobromine –bitter compound obtained from cacao seeds

Theobromine found in dark chocolate:

-Provides cough relief by reducing the activity of the vagus nerve, the part of the brain that triggers coughing fits

-Hardens tooth enamel and lowers your risk of getting cavities

Recent studies show that dark chocolate lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of a heart attack and stroke from only one or two squares a day.

Dark chocolate may also contribute to weight loss/weight maintenence because it is more filling than it’s white and milk varieties. (University of Copenhagen study)

So whether you are stressed, heart-broken, or just trying to reap that benefits of an antioxidant-rich diet, help yourself to some delicious dark chocolate to feel great.

By Isabel Sherman

Photo Source: dangerouslee.biz

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