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5 Rich Health Benefits of Dark Chocolates

Monday, 06 Jan 2014 01:34 AM

Chocolates have remained a firm favorite for most of us. They are smooth, creamy, and yummy. Now, research findings enhance this interest by revealing the surprising benefits for health that dark chocolates offer. Moreover, these health benefits make the pleasure guilt-free and enhance the appetizing moments of a sweet rush.

Chocolate is a high calorie, fat-rich food that might affect your cholesterol and weight. Nevertheless, it is hard to deny the fact that dark chocolates, which are cocoa-rich, can be a healthy addition to your daily diet. Dark chocolates are naturally rich in flavonoids (acting as an antioxidant), so they actually provide protection from aging caused by free radicals. The cocoa beans used in dark chocolates have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. Flavonoids are also great for brain health, keep you stress-free and are quite nutritious.

Here are five great health benefits of dark chocolates that can justify your desire for chocolate.

Chocolate benefits the heart, not just the taste buds. Dark chocolates help protect your heart by preventing or reducing blood clots. Cocoa aids in the proper functioning of blood vessels and thus helps in lowering blood pressure. Studies also state that polyphenols and catechins found in chocolate help in reducing the chance of strokes.

Chocolate is known for its health benefits for the brain, with a popular view that consuming cocoa makes you smarter. Natural stimulants found in chocolate trigger brain energy and enhance cognitive skills. Flavonoids present in dark chocolates also improve the blood flow to your brain. The epicatechin found in dark chocolates actually protects the brain. It can benefit patients suffering from atherosclerosis (a condition of clot obstruction in the vessels supplying blood to the brain).

Cocoa contains a high percentage of antioxidants, which prevent aging caused by free radicals. Thus, including dark chocolates in your regular diet benefits you by keeping away the wrinkles caused by free radicals. Chocolate also helps in reducing muscle aging.

Dark chocolate helps reduce the level of stress hormones. Benefits include its ability to correct some stress-related biochemical imbalances. They also increase the level of mood-altering chemicals (i.e. endotrophin and serotonin) in the brain, which assist in keeping you relaxed during tough times. Reaching for that cocoa-rich bar really benefits your health by combating stress!

Chocolate holds a good deal of vitamins C, D, and E and minerals likes iron, phosphorus, copper, potassium, and calcium besides other trace elements that offer health benefits. Thus, a regular dose of chocolate offers the benefits of being a complete nutritious treat.

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If you have been craving a daily dose of chocolate, here is good news. Chocolate bestows more than just sweet satisfaction or mood enhancement. Research says dark chocolates have many health benefits. We discuss some amazing ways that dark chocolate keeps you healthy.
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