There are many people who really think that chocolate is bad, but this is not true. In addition to the incredible taste, there are many benefits of eating chocolate for human beings. Medical professionals have been using chocolates for decades to cure various problems such as shortness of breath, fatigue, tuberculosis, low virility etc. Here Nick Tsagaris is discussing some more benefits and advantages of eating chocolates on a regular basis. Read on if you are interested.
All chocolates are not good for health. If you want to consume a chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth, you should go for a healthy dark chocolate, which consists of at least 70% of cocoa or more. Chocolates are very good for your heart as they improve the blood circulation thus eliminating the chances of blood clotting which is actually responsible for heart attacks.
Also, it helps in reducing cholesterol. Eating dark chocolate improves your performance and boost alertness during work. If you are a type 2 diabetes patient, chocolate is like a boon for you as it boosts the production of nitric oxide in your body which helps reduce insulin resistance.
Everyone knows that carrots are good for promoting healthy vision; it’s the beta-carotene contained in carrots that makes the vegetable a powerful food for improving eye health. But can you imagine that your favourite sweet snack can also be responsible for healthy vision? Yes, you guessed it right. We are talking about chocolates. Dark chocolates contain flavonoids in higher concentrations. These flavonoids are the antioxidant compounds that are also found in tea, coffee, fruits and red wine and responsible for increasing blood flow to the brain and retina of the eye.
A good and high quality dark chocolate also protects your skin against harmful ultraviolet radiations of the sun. It increases blood flow in the topmost layers of the skin, which provide healthy oxygenation your skin needs to help protect itself.
The benefits of dark chocolate aren’t over yet. It may improve the function of the brain. In a recent study, it has been seen that 5 days of consuming high-flavanol cocoa improved blood flow to the brain. Not only this, but it significantly improves cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment.