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18Jul. 2014

4 Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Many people have heard that eating chocolate is bad for you. However, there are some health benefits to eating dark chocolate, as long as it's in moderation. It's important to remember that chocolate has a high fat content, so try to keep track of how much you eat so that you can have the benefits without the downfalls of the sweet treat.

Heart Health
If you eat two or three small pieces of dark chocolate during the day, you could be doing your heart a favor. There are chemicals in dark chocolate that help to improve the flow of blood through the body. Hardening of the arteries can also be prevented.

Brain Food
Since dark chocolate aids in the flow of blood to areas of the body, including the brain, it can help with the cognitive functions of the brain. There are compounds in the chocolate that can improve your mood. The chemical released when eating the chocolate is the same that is released when you fall in love. It also decreases the risk of a stroke. phenylethylamine, or PEA, tells your brain to release endorphins. These are what make you feel like you are in a better mood, and who wouldn't want to be in a good mood all day?

Control the Sugar
Chemicals in dark chocolate keep your blood vessels healthy. The circulation in the body is not as limited, so it helps to decrease the chances of Type 2 diabetes. Cells become efficient when using insulin compared to eating other types of chocolate. This means that it won't create high spikes in the blood sugar level, making you feel tired shortly after eating the chocolate.

Take Your Vitamins
There are several vitamins in dark chocolate that are beneficial to your health. These include potassium, iron and magnesium. The potassium helps in preventing strokes, and the iron helps to protect against anemia.


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