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6 Health Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolates

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Much has been said and discussed about the health benefits of dark chocolate. Yes, we agree that it’s indeed healthier than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is basically devoid of milk solids and is prepared with soy lecithin, sugar and loads of cocoa that contribute to the bitter sweet taste. The health benefits are mainly due to the high percentage of cocoa in dark chocolates. Cocoa is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants and favonols which improve health conditions in different ways.

Here’s we tell you the 6 stark benefits of dark chocolate.

1.Good for your Heart Health

Research has shown that one of the prime nutritional benefits of dark chocolate is on cardiovascular health. It’s due to the presence of flavonols, an antioxidant in cocoa that aids in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and improving blood circulation in heart. It also prevents clotting of blood and hardening of arteries (a condition medically termed as arteriosclerosis).

2.It Lowers Blood Sugar

Dark chocolate has certainly helps reducing insulin resistance in your body and all thanks to the flavonoids. It regulates the activity of the cells and makes them capable of utilizing insulin effectively. The fibre content of dark chocolate is moderately high and it has a low Glycemic Index, which is also one of the reasons many consume for weight loss.

3.Healthy for your Brain

The flavonol rich cocoa improves blood circulation of the brain and cognitive abilities in people with memory problems. It contains the chemical phenylethylamine(PEA), which is naturally synthesized in the brain when you are happy or in love. Thus, eating dark chocolate will bring about similar change in your behaviour.

4.Elevates Your Mood

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Endorphins are chemicals present inside the brain responsible for inducing pleasure and feel good factor in you and dark chocolates stimulate its secretion. Furthermore, it contains theobromine, which is also a natural stimulant of mood and serotonin that acts as an anti-depressant.

5.Has Wonder Effects on Skin

Dark chocolate has versatile benefits on your skin. First, the flavonols detoxify your skin and protects from harmful UV rays. Secondly, it keeps your skin hydrated and prevents formation of wrinkles. Cocoa negates secretion of stress hormones, which are responsible for causing collagen breakage and wrinkles on skin. Thirdly, being loaded with skin-friendly vitamins (A, E) and minerals (calcium, iron), it rejuvenates your skin and protects it from drying.

6.Good for your Hair and Scalp

Prepare a hair mask with dark chocolate. Leave it for an hour, rinse and see how shiny your hair becomes. We shouldn’t miss out that dark chocolate is enriched with zinc, iron and copper and all these minerals are essential for promoting hair growth. It fortifies hair and prevents breakage by regulating flow of blood and oxygen in your scalp.

It also said that the antioxidant property of dark chocolates due to presence of phenols is capable of making your body immune to wide range of infections and also cancer. However, everything would be okay, if you eat in moderation. Choose a chocolate having cocoa percent more than 65% to receive all these benefits. You can have 85 grams daily but not more than that.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 17, 2015

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