How to use dark chocolate as a medicine.

Dark chocolate for good health.

Did you know that you can use dark chocolate as a medicine? That just sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it, but there actually is some pretty good scientific evidence out there that chocolate can indeed be good for you and even help to improve your mood and health.

Dark chocolate,the type that is at least 70% cocoa solids, contains high amounts of flavonoids, which are very powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are good for us because they help to capture the free radicals which attack our bodies every day. Eating bright coloured foods such as fruit and vegetables can have the same effect on our bodies, try dipping strawberries in melted dark chocolate for a quick and easy desert or snack.

Antioxidants fight oxidant damage to our cells. Oxidant damage can be responsible for aggravating many human diseases and can even effect the rate at which we age. Think of it in simple terms - we rust!

Dark chocolate can help to lower high blood pressure, two small squares of dark chocolate contain enough nitric oxide to lower blood pressure instantly. This can also help keep your heart healthy as it helps to lower the levels of bad cholesterol. It is anti-inflammatory so is of use to people who suffer from conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and gout.

Get your energy levels back up.

Dark chocolate also contains a fair amount of caffeine, so if you find yourself flagging as the day wears on then eating a small amount of chocolate can give you a real boost.

Remember to only eat it in moderation too much will give you a short term sugar rush but end up doing more harm than good.

The hit of energy that dark chocolate gives your body can keep you going for the rest of the day and help you face whatever life throws at you.

So, next time you feel yourself running down simply grab a bar of the good high quiality dark stuff and you will perk right up.

All that and it tastes good too.

Dark chocolate can even boost your mood.

 

Dark chocolate can really help if your are suffering from the menopause too, as it can help to naturally regulate the internal hormone levels in the body. And as chocolate also helps to stimulate serotonin levels eating a few squares makes you feel good, so chocolate can also be helpful for people suffering from depression.

Now the biggest downside of eating chocolate is that it’s fattening, but you can turn that negative into a positive if you exercise more to help your body burn off those extra calories. So chocolate can even help you to lose weight. It really does seem to be too good to be true but the facts seem to prove otherwise.

All of the above only applies to high cocoa solids dark chocolate. The same health benefits cannot be gained from milk chocolate as it contains much lower levels of cocoa solids and white chocolate doesn’t contain any cocoa at all.

So in conclusion if you want to feel more alert, look younger, have low blood pressure and a healthy heart eat dark chocolate - at least until the scientist tell you not to!

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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Now that's what I'm talkin' about!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Hooray for dark chocolate! lol Love the pictures!!


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GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Yes, finally, I've found a medicine I like taking!


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Nicole Winter 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

Oh, you guys are too funny! Yes, chocolate is GREAT medicine, but as for the calories... Here's what I've discovered:

One serving of cocoa powder has about five calories in it. FIVE CALORIES!!! I add a serving to my coffee at least a couple times a week, and it makes it very delicious!


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GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Wow, only five calories - really that's good news. I've never thought about putting it in my coffee. I will now. Thanks for commenting.


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

This is very informative. I never knew that there is such a difference between milk chocolate and extra dark chocolate. I'm going to have to pick some up and try it. I always look fir ways to take antioxidants. Great hub. I voted up.


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Glenn Stok, hope you enjoy your chocolate.


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4FoodSafety 3 years ago from Fontana, WI

I am completely addicted to dark chocolate. I am a huge fan of sea salt with dark chocolate as well as Paul Newman's organic chocolate cups. Sadly, Newman's chocolate is not available everywhere and it is expensive. I figure the flavor and the fact that is 95% organic and American makes up for the high cost. Love dark chocolate - very informative hub - thank you!


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GALAXY 59 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you 4FoodSafety, I love chocolate too, can't get enough of the stuff and it is so great that it can be good for you too!

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