Chocolate Lovers Rejoice: It's National Chocolate Day!
Although chocolate can be high in fat and sugar, which isn't really a great choice for your health, Dark Chocolate provides a healthy alternative that can actually be beneficial to you in the long run.
To get the full benefits you must...
Pick The Right Dark Chocolate:
70% or higher cocoa (the higher cocoa content, the higher the antioxidant levels)
Choose Organic (processed dark chocolate gets stripped of most of their antioxidants and vitamins)
Dark Chocolate Benefits:
1. Can Help Lower Blood Pressure:
Dark Chocolate helps to regulate and improve blood flow to the heart, which helps keep blood pressure low. It also helps control blood sugar and fight off Type 2 Diabetes.
2. Good For Your Brain:
Dark Chocolate not only improves blood flow to the heart but also to the brain, which helps reduces the risk of a stroke. Phenylethylamine (PEA) chemical is released and sent to the brain, much like the feeling of falling in love, dark chocolate helps to make you happier and lighten your mood.
3. Chock Full of Antioxidants:
Antioxidants are proven to help free your body of free radicals that can cause damage to your cells. Dark Chocolate proved to have more antioxidants than most fruit, even blueberries. These same antioxidants help to fight off UV rays and in turn help with wrinkles, sun spots, skin hydration, and even help with your overall complexion.
4. Stress Reliever:
The cocoa in dark chocolate helps reduce stress hormones that cause collagen breakdown in the skin. Thus meaning a calmer day with fewer wrinkles.
So indulge yourself today, but keep in mind that to receive these health benefits stick to no more than one ounce a day. Makes for the perfect midday or evening treat!