3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate.... Who Knew?
We already knew that there are many health benefits to Bee Pollen but did you know that there are also health benefits to eating chocolate?
It's true: dark chocolate is good for you. In moderation, dark chocolate has numerous health benefits. Half the fat in chocolate comes from healthy monounsaturated fats. However, only dark chocolate contains a high concentration of heart-healthy antioxidants, which lower blood pressure and protect the heart in other ways.
Here are three of the major reasons to indulge:
1. It can help prevent heart disease: Like tea, dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which are compounds that act as antioxidants. They protect cells from harmful molecules—called free radicals—that are produced when the body breaks down food or is exposed to sunlight or smoke. Free radicals can cause cell damage that leads to heart disease. Flavonoids can also lower blood pressure and reduce LDL cholesterol (i.e., the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent.
2. It can improve your mood: Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that bring on feelings of pleasure. It also contains the chemical serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant.
3. It can protect your skin: German researchers found that the flavonoids in dark chocolate absorb UV light, help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, and improve skin’s hydration and complexion.
For all of its health benefits, though, dark chocolate does contain a lot of calories. So, experts recommend sticking to no more than three ounces of the sweet stuff per day.
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