Eat Dark Chocolate and Stay healthy! -The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health.Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.Dark chocolate can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease.

Here are some health benefits of dark chocolate :

  • Improve Brain Function.
    Dark chocolate may improve the function of your brain.Eating high-flavanol cocoa for five days improves blood flow to the brain. Cocoa contains stimulant substances like caffeine and theobromine, which may be a key reason why it can improve brain function in the short term
  • Nutritious.
If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious.It contains a decent amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals.A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85% cocoa contains  11 grams of fiber,67% of the RDI for iron,58% of the RDI for magnesium,89% of the RDI for copper,98% of the RDI for manganese.It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
  • Powerful Source of Antioxidants.
Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and functioCocoa and dark chocolate had more antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than any other fruits tested, which included blueberries and acai berries.
  • Improve Blood flow and lowers Blood Pressure.
The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce nitric oxide (NO).One of the functions of NO is to send signals to the arteries to relax, which lowers the resistance to blood flow and therefore reduces blood pressure. Cocoa and dark chocolate can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure, though the effects are usually mild.
  • Reduces the Risk of Heart Diseases.
Eating chocolate two or more times per week lowered the risk of having calcified plaque in the arteries by 32%.Eating dark chocolate more than 5 times per week lowered the risk of heart disease by 57%.Since the biological process is known (lower blood pressure and oxidized LDL), it is plausible that regularly eating dark chocolate may reduce the risk of heart disease.