Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

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Old 10-Oct-2009
Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has been occupying a place amidst the favorite sweets of people since ages. It owes its popularity not only to its rich taste, but also its high nutritional value. In fact, its regular consumption has been associated with a large number of health benefits as well. Right from a healthy heart to a young-looking skin to a happy mood, dark chocolate provides you with a number of benefits, provided you consume it in moderation. It has also been associated with increasing the appetite and providing relief from migraine headaches. Want to explore more about the health benefits of dark chocolate? Go through the information provided in the lines below.

Benefits Of Eating Dark Chocolate:
  • One of the most noted health benefits of dark chocolate pertains to your blood pressure. It has been seen that having a limited amount of the chocolate, on a daily basis, can go a long way in helping you bring down your blood pressure level. However, it is very necessary for you to balance the extra calorie intake that results from chocolate consumption.
  • A number of studies conducted in the recent past have come up with the conclusion that eating dark chocolate is good for the heart. This is because, apart from brining down your blood pressure, its consumption also helps improve blood flow and may even prevent the formation of plaque in arteries.
  • The chocolate is rich in flavonoids, an active ingredient that is believed to be exceptionally good for the heart. This is because flavonoids have been proven to decrease the ability of cholesterol to gather within many blood vessels and obstruct the flow of blood to the heart. In other words, eating the chocolate reduces the risk of heart attack.
  • Dark chocolate encourages the production of endorphins, serotonin and other nerves and chemicals in the brain. All these chemicals have been associated with the feeling of euphoria in a person; elevating his mood and making him feel happy.
  • Many studies have come up with the conclusion that eating the chocolate helps improve the processing of information in the brain, when a person is studying or learning something. This can be attributed to the fact that dark chocolate creates the feeling euphoria and when a person is in a positive mood, he becomes more receptive to information.
  • It has been observed that consuming dark chocolate on a regular, but moderate basis goes a long way in brining down the cholesterol level of a person. This is attributed to the fact that the chocolate can reduce bad cholesterol to some extent. You can increase this particular effect by increasing your good cholesterol as well as eating healthy foods.
  • Dark chocolate, owing to the cocoa present in it, has been found to be quite rich in cell-protecting antioxidants. These antioxidants help the body in fighting against free radicals, the destructive molecules that are the culprits behind cardiovascular disease, premature aging, cancer and a number of other ailments.

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