9 reasons to include dark chocolate in your diet
Research and study finds that unprocessed chocolate is packed full with a whole lot of surprising health benefits as against the commonly processed chocolate.
According to study, some of the nutrients are destroyed in the process of making mass chocolate available for the general market, as against unprocessed dark chocolate made with cocoa which is very good for you – especially as it offers many reasons to include more of it in your diet.
Some doctors even say that “a dark chocolate a day keeps the doctor away” and just in case you want to know how beneficial dark chocolates can be, listed below are some reasons you should indulge in the act of eating at least a bar of dark chocolate every day.
1) Dark Chocolate Can Aid Against Diabetes: Chocolate has been shown to bolster endothelial function and insulin resistance. The endothelium is extremely important in maintaining arterial health, and insulin resistance is the most commonly checked statistic to determine whether future diseases, like diabetes, will develop. But cocoa and its flavonoids help to positively modulate these systems.
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2) Dark Chocolate Can Improve LDL Cholesterol And Raise HDL Cholesterol: Artherogenesis, caused by low-quality lipids being oxidized, is a degenerative condition of the arteries. Chocolate has been shown to prevent the oxidization of LDL cholesterol, which is one of the greatest contributors to artherogenesis.
3) Dark Chocolate Can Lower Your Blood Pressure: Another benefit of chocolate’s amazing medicinal profile – it can lower your blood pressure. People suffering from hypertension will want to take a look at this. Chocolate can be a cheaper and more enjoyable way of lowering blood pressure than medical options.
4) You Can Control Your Cough With Dark Chocolate: One of the chemicals in cocoa – theobromine – is known to antagonize the activity of the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is a part of your brain, and its activation can trigger coughing fits. Scientists are looking into creating medication for coughs that uses theobromine.
A study on chocolate’s effects as a cough-suppressant found it to be more effective than common cold medicines – even ones using codeine, a weak narcotic.
5) Dark chocolate can help pregnancy: This one’s a new entry to the huge list of chocolate’s benefits. Recent studies have shown that chocolate improves fetal growth. Some mothers may be at risk for preeclampsia – when the blood supply to the fetus is cut off or restricted. This occurs due to high blood pressure – natural during pregnancy. A study shows that regular chocolate consumption can reduce the risk of preeclampsia by lowering blood pressure.
6) Dark chocolate can help prevent depression: Dark chocolate contains key components that can be extremely helpful in alleviating depressive symptoms.
7) Dark chocolate can aid against diabetes
Chocolate has been shown to bolster endothelial function and insulin resistance. The endothelium is extremely important in maintaining arterial health, and insulin resistance is the most commonly checked statistic to determine whether future diseases, like diabetes, will develop. Cocoa and its flavonoids help to positively modulate these systems.
Obviously, if you’re hoping to prevent diabetes, you’re going to want to eat low-sugar, dark chocolate, which is high in cocoa content and low in sugar.
8) Dark chocolate can help prevent stroke
A study recently done on Norfolk residents says that chocolate has a huge impact on the likelihood of having a stroke, but there seems to be a correlation between dark chocolate consumption and lower stroke incidence.
9) Dark chocolate can promote red blood cell distribution
Studies have shown that dark chocolate can aid in the distribution of red blood cells. Evidence over the last couple decades has shown that regular consumption of dark chocolate can improve the red blood cell distribution width (RDW.) RDW is a reliable way to measure or predict cardiovascular disease.
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