Don’t Be Afraid to Go Dark

benefits of dark chocolate cocoaDark chocolate is one of the most consumed foods in the world.

Not only because it smells and tastes good, but because it has been proven to be very beneficial for both emotional and physical health.

It stimulates the production of serotonin which naturally calms the body. And because of this we can improve our moods and be less depressed.

Many people feel guilty when eating chocolate because they believe it will surely show on the scale.

But dark chocolate neither will make you fat or damage your body.

 

Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Rich in antioxidants

dark chocolate antioxidantIt is one of the best foods to counteract free radical accumulation.

This benefit is important because it prevents toxic substances from accumulating in the body.

 

 

Good for the skin

dark chocolate skin protectorDark chocolate contains a high level of flavonoids, antioxidants that protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays. This of course does not provide the same protection as sunscreen, but the sun’s harmful effects are decreased.

Flavonoids also counteract colon cancer, cholesterol problems and other serious problems.

 

 

Boosts energy and concentration

dark chocolate energy boosterAfter eating dark chocolate, the energy levels and concentration are increased.

It fights off feeling of tiredness and fatigue.

 

 

 

Protects from heart disease

dark chocolate heart protectorDark chocolate reduces the risk a heart attack when consumed in moderation because it stimulates blood circulation.

 

 

 

Mood enhancer

dark chocolate mood boosterDark chocolate contains a chemical called anandamide, which is taken from the Sanskrit word “Ananda” which means joy, bliss and delight.

When you feel stressed, anxious or simply having a bad day, dark chocolate can help you feel better.

It also includes high levels of magnesium that help create new cells and make the muscles relax.

 

Good for teeth and bones

dark chocolate rich in calciumThe chocolate makes the joints and cartilage feel good because of the high contents of phosphorus, calcium and antibacterial substances.

The calcium it contains is not only good for the teeth, but also works against osteoporosis.

 

 

 

Contains theobromine

cocoa powder benefitsA component of the chocolate that can help counteract brain nerve activity that causes coughing.

 

 

 

 

Provides feeling of fullness

dark chocoGives the body a feeling of saturation and provides healthy fats that improve the nervous system and counteract triglyceride problems.

 

 

 

 

High in zinc

rich in zinc dark chocoIts high levels of zinc counteract anemia.

 

 

 

 

 

How to eat dark chocolate the healthy way?

In order to fully benefit from dark chocolate, find the most bitter one as possible. Because this type has all the benefits despite of its bitter taste. Many chocolates in stores contain artificial substances so be careful in choosing the right one.

Or, you can also take dietary supplements containing cocoa extract like Chocamine, Cocoa Extract Powder, or CocoaVia.

And if you have diabetes, are obese or have other health problems, consult a doctor before including dark chocolate in your daily meals.

Chocolate consumption should always be in moderation even if you are in good shape.

 

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