The Surprising Health Benefits of Chocolate
Written by Angela LaMor RMA NCPT and Frances Bleuet owner of Nutrition for Weight Loss
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF DARK CHOCOLATE
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants called flavonoids. These
flavonoids help to balance hormones, reduce blood pressure and prevent
free radicals from causing heart disease, cancer, cell mutations, and
autoimmune disease. Another way it helps to prevent heart disease is
by lowering the bad kind of cholesterol, and by reducing the body's
ability to clot (prevents heart attacks and strokes). It also contains
vitamin E-a vasodilator, which is known to protect the heart and blood vessels, lower blood pressure and acts as an antioxidant.
Dark chocolate contains seven to eight times the amount of antioxidants in
strawberries (known to be high in antioxidants) and also more than red
wine or green tea. The antioxidants in chocolate are in a highly safe
and usable form.
Dark chocolate helps to prevent depression by increasing the body's production of
serotonin-a natural “feel good” brain chemical (also produced when you fall in love).
Don't worry about your teeth either because chocolate contains
phosphate, magnesium and other minerals that protect the teeth from
tooth decay. It’s the sugar in most chocolate recipes that is harmful to teeth. Chocolate is also high in potassium, and contains vitamins B1, B2 and
Chocolate contains compounds that help keep you alert, help you relax,
ease pain, and lessen anxiety.
Last, but not least, the ingredients in chocolate help suppress chemicals that induce aging.
So if you really love someone, buy them chocolate!
This article was written by Frances Bleuet and Angela LaMor RMA, NCPT authors of the anti-cancer book "EveryBODY Can Heal" For more information, please visit www.lulu.com/spotlight/francesbleuet or http://nutrition4weightloss.wix.com/weight-loss
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