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!