Chocolate is the answerâ€¦
Who cares what the question was!!!
Everyoneâ€™s favourite, the heavenly pieces of sweetened cocoa is known for calming mood and bringing smile on faces. Irrespective of age and gender, chocolate has the power to build better health too. Except for being the greatest gift, it also benefit health in more than a dozen ways. Dark chocolate is one of the best desserts that you can have on daily basis and get your internal system working in a very good condition. The seed of a cocoa tree, dark chocolate is one of the best sources of antioxidants on Earth. Studies say that it can lower the risk of heart disease.
Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and a few other minerals.
Dark Chocolate is also known for lowering the blood pressure and improving the blood flow. The bioactive compounds in cocoa can improve blood flow in the arteries and cause a small but statistically significant decrease in blood pressure.
Dark Chocolate improves several important risk factors for disease. It lowers the susceptibility of LDL (bad cholesterol) to oxidative damage while increasing HDL and improving insulin sensitivity.
In a study of 470 elderly men, cocoa was found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death by a whopping 50% over a 15 year period. Another study revealed that eating chocolate 2 or more times per week lowered the risk of having calcified plaque in the arteries by 32%. Yet another study showed that chocolate 5+ times per week lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57%.
The bioactive compounds in dark chocolate may also be great for your skin. The flavonols can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration.
Cocoa may also significantly improve cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment. It also improves verbal fluency and several risk factors for disease.
Well, I have mentioned quite a number of ways by which you can benefit from dark chocolate, but you must also choose the quality stuff. One thing must be kept in mind that too much of everything can cause trouble. And lastly, a benefit that I didnâ€™t mention till now, is itâ€™s awesome taste!