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The Surprising Health Benefits of Chocolate

Updated on December 18, 2012

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

vitamin D

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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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I adore dark chocolate!! Thanks for sharing this article!

    • Angelllite profile image
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      Angelllite 6 years ago from United States

      There was a study done on longevity

      and the habit of eating dark chocolate was a common link!

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      I'm one of persons who like chocolate haha

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