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How to use Dark Chocolate as a Medicine.

Updated on April 14, 2018
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Galaxy has suffered from depression in the past and has explored many ways of dealing with it that do not include prescription medication.

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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. It is considered particularly good for people suffering from depression.

Dark chocolate contains a high proportion of soluble fibre and many essential minerals such as selenium, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc.

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 dessert or snack.

Dark Chocolate for Energy.

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. As a general rule a large three to five-ounce bar of dark chocolate, which contains seventy percent or over cocoa, averages eighty milligrams of caffeine

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-quality dark stuff and you will perk right up. All that and it tastes good too.

A Word of Caution.

Caffeine can increase heart rate, blood pressure and heighten anxiety. Limit the use of very dark chocolate to two-three squares a day. Particularly important if you also drink strong tea or coffee.

Stress Reduction, Menopause and Mood Enhancer.

Dark chocolate can really help if you are suffering from the menopause too, as it can help to naturally regulate the internal hormone levels in the body. And as dark chocolate also helps to stimulate serotonin levels eating a few squares makes you feel good, dark chocolate is also used as a mood enhancer because it helps to reduce the stress hormone cortisol.


Lower Cholesterol and Improve Heart Health.

Regular consumption of good quality dark chocolate may even help to reduce your cholesterol levels. The antioxidants present in dark chocolate can protect oxidation of LDL cholesterol and also help to prevent artery damage in the heart. It can lower the risk of plaque forming and help to stop blood clots and reduce the chance of suffering a stroke when eaten in moderation. 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.

Skin Protection and Anti-Aging.

Consuming dark chocolate can boost the levels of flavonoids in the body which can help to protect the skin from sun damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. This can help to reduce the formation of fine lines and help to prevent brown age spots. Of course, dark chocolate won't replace the use of sunscreen so don't forget to slather on the lotion before going outside.

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

Skin Protection From Dark Chocolate.

Flavonoids in dark chocolate can help to protect the skin from sun damage. It won't replace your sunscreen so don't forget to use factor fifty before going outside.

Use Only High Cocoa Content Chocolate.

Now the biggest downside of eating chocolate is that it is 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, chocolate that contains at least seventy percent cocoa solids. Unfortunately, the same health benefits cannot be gained from milk chocolate or white 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 scientists tell you otherwise.

Dark Is Best.

To obtain the best health benefits you must consume dark chocolate that is at least seventy percent cocoa solids.

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A Natural Painkiller.

Dark chocolate can have a calming effect on our bodies by stimulating the production of endorphins - a powerful natural painkiller. It seems to be particularly helpful as a treatment for headaches. Chocolate contains theobromine which has a very similar effect to taking the drug codeine. A nice cup of dark drinking chocolate is an excellent treatment for sore throats and coughs.


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Reduce Inflamation.

Dark chocolate is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent and as such is of use to people who suffer from extremely painful conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and gout.

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Dark Chocolate squares.

In Conclusion.

Eating a small amount of high cocoa solid dark chocolate every day would appear to have a multitude of health benefits. If you limit consumption to two to three squares of good quality dark chocolate it won't hurt and in all likelihood will actually help. So go ahead and enjoy that hit of chocolate goodness.

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

 
 
 
Boost energy
Reduce stress
Surpress pain
Protect skin
Lower cholesterol
Improve heart health
Reduce inflamation
Anti aging
Enhance mood

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    Galaxy Harvey 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    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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    Kelly Kline Burnett 4 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 Harvey 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thank you Glenn Stok, hope you enjoy your chocolate.

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    Glenn Stok 7 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 Harvey 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    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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    Nicole A. Winter 7 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 Harvey 8 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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    theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

    Hooray for dark chocolate! lol Love the pictures!!

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    Renee S 8 years ago from Virginia

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

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