The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Still hoarding all the Valentine’s Day chocolate? We thought so. All this talk about dark chocolate has got us wondering about its health benefits. If you want a reason to indulge in the dark chocolate sitting on your counter, we have few for you right here.

  • Antioxidants, known as flavonoids, can help remove toxins from the body. Dark chocolate is loaded with these!
  • Antioxidants in dark chocolate can also protect your body against damage caused by free radicals. Great for pregnant women, especially.
  • One study found that dark chocolate contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce inflammation of cardiovascular tissue.
  • Dark chocolate has lower sugar and fats than milk or white chocolate.
  • High levels of polyphenols in cocoa can benefit stomach and colon health, by stimulating the production of healthier microbes.
  • In a controlled study, cocoa powder was found to raise HDL and protect LDL levels against oxidation.
  • The flavanols from dark chocolate may improve blood flow to the skin.
  • Dark chocolate may improve brain function.
  • Dark chocolate can help reduce stress, which is great for pregnant women. Just remember not to eat TOO much.

So, what are you waiting for? Dig into that dark chocolate rose that your loved one left by your bedside. Just remember: Moderation is key! Your best bet is to have a square or two, once per day.

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