If you love chocolates like I do, here is good news. Studies show that dark chocolates have a number of healthy benefits including:
Good for your brain
• phenyl ethylamine (PEA)chemical compounds have a positive effect on your mood
• improves cognitive function
• may reduce your risk of stroke
• makes you happier by release of endorphins
Good for your heart
• improves blood flow
• may help prevent the formation of blood clots
• may prevent arteriosclerosis
• may help lower your blood pressure
Good for your immune systems
• antioxidants in dark chocolate may protect you from many types of cancer
• may slow down the aging process
Good for your blood vessels
• may helps prevent type 2 diabetes
Good for your teeth
• theobromine in dark chocolate help harden tooth enamel.
Good for your overall health
• high in potassium, magnesium, iron and copper
• increases production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters.
• helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin, and fewer wrinkles.
TYPE OF DARK CHOCOLATE
- at least 70 percent cocoa content
- based on a study published in Germany in 2010 of nearly 20,000 people followed over 8 years, an average of 6 gm per day had 39 percent lower risk of heart attack or stroke.
With so many web sites offering advice, be mindful who the source is. As with any new diet plans, be sure to consult your physician to see if eating dark chocolate would not have unexpected side effects on your health. Do read the label as you are also eating fat, sugar and calories.
Here is one of the many sources available on-line: