Updated: Apr 23, 2021
Dark chocolate is not a guilty pleasure! This delicious treat may be one of the best things to consume on a daily basis as more and more studies discover its health benefits, including memory improvement and immunity boost!
The best super food dark chocolate, also known as "plain chocolate," has very high percentage of cocoa solids and nearly no dairy products, thus no lactose, and consequently ketogenic...
Benefits of Dark Chocolate
1. Dark Chocolate Protects You From Disease-Causing Free Radicals
As a strong antioxidant, dark chocolate helps your body to neutralize free radicals. Remember, the free radicals are harmful compounds resulting from cellular processes in the body. They contribute to inflammation and chronic disease.
Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, including flavonoids (help maximize the benefits of vitamin C) and polyphenols. The main ingredient of dark chocolate, cocoa contains high levels of polyphenols and flavonoids - even greater than wine and tea. The higher the cocoa content in your dark chocolate bar, the better!
2. Dark Chocolate Prevents Potential Development of Cancer
One of the benefits of dark chocolate is its potential as a cancer-fighting food.
A research study shows that the flavonoids and antioxidants found in chocolate may be especially beneficial against colon cancer, effectively reducing the growth and spread of colon cancer cells.
Another research study shows that it could potentially help protect against colorectal cancer due to its ability to decrease oxidative stress, reduce inflammation and block the growth of cancer cells.
3. Dark Chocolate Improves Heart Health
Main type of flavonoid found in chocolate is flavanols (help prevent blood platelets from clotting, thus reduce the risk of stroke).
A research study shows that flavanols have a very positive effect on heart health by reducing blood pressure and improving blood flow to the heart as well as the brain.
Another study shows that flavonoid-rich dark chocolate consumption significantly improves blood circulation and lowers the risk of heart problems.
4. Dark Chocolate Is Good for Overall Cholesterol Profile
Cocoa butter is another key ingredient of dark chocolate. Cocoa butter is rich in healthy fats and polyphenol compounds that act as antioxidants in the body.
A research study shows that even one week of dark chocolate consumption improves lipid profiles, decreases platelet reactivity and reduces inflammation.
5. Dark Chocolate Improves Cognitive Function
A research study suggests that flavonol-rich dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, which could potentially aid in the treatment of cognitive conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s.
Another research study published in the Journal of Nutrition notes that consumption of flavonoid-rich foods — such as chocolate, wine and tea — is linked to better brain function and improved cognitive performance.
6. Dark Chocolate Improves Blood Pressure
Several studies show that dark chocolate consumption reduces blood pressure levels in those individuals with type 2 diabetes and hypertension, thus help protect against heart disease and stroke. Furthermore, dark chocolate consumption can significantly decrease fasting blood sugar levels as well.
7. Dark Chocolate Improves Vision
A human clinical trial observed that contrast sensitivity and visual acuity improved after consuming dark chocolate. This means that dark chocolate could potentially help boost vision.
8. Dark Chocolate Protects the Skin and Improves Skin Health
Another benefit of dark chocolate consumption is attributed to its flavonol content and its ability to protect against sun damage, reduce skin roughness, enhance hydration and improve blood flow to the skin.
A study found that eating flavonol-rich chocolate could help prevent damage caused by ultraviolet light.
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