The experts over at Vitabiotics have written this article about the positive benefits of dark chocolate that you need to be aware of.
1. Good for your heart
Studies have proven that eating small amounts of dark chocolate can actually lower blood pressure. This is due to the fact that it contains nitric oxide, which sends signals to the arteries to relax. Also, in the long-term, it may mean that less cholesterol will lodge in the arteries, preventing serious conditions such as heart disease and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
2. Good for the brain
Dark chocolate has been shown to have great positive effects on your mood and mental wellbeing. Dark chocolate contains the same hormone your brain responds to when you're in love, which could be why we feel ‘super’ when we eat it.
3. Reduces stress
So, when you hear people say they whip out a box of chocolates after work to help them relax, it is actually scientifically proven to help. When stressed, your body produces the hormone cortisol within your bloodstream. Despite this hormone being a normal human reaction, a prolonged period of it can have negative effects on stress levels and anxiety.
Research has shown that those who ate 40g of chocolate per day over two weeks had a reduced rate of Cortisol in their body than before the test, which may lead to a happier lifestyle.
4. Controls blood sugar
Eating small amounts of dark chocolate can maintain the health of your blood vessels and may even prevent conditions such as type 2 diabetes. Cocoa, particularly the flavonoids in dark chocolate could help cells function normally.
5. Good for skin
The flavanols within dark chocolate are said to be great for the skin. There are claims that they protect against sun damage and increase skin hydration. If you are planning a trip abroad anytime soon, it may be worth introducing some more flavanol-rich dark chocolate into your balanced and varied diet, in combination with a skin supplement such as Perfectil, which helps to nourish and support skin.
Tell me do you eat dark chocolate? Were you aware of the potential health benefits?
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