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    Health Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate

     

    Dark Chocolate is a delicious sweet and rich and good for more than curing a broken heart. It's packed with healthy flavonoids, theobromine that's like a little bean disease-killing bullet because of the cacao ingredient which is the secret behind the powerful taste. Here are just the top health benefits of eating dark chocolate and why you should stick to a 7 ounces or 4 bars per week.

     

    1. Help Lower your Blood Pressure

     

    Improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots. Eating dark chocolate may also prevent arteriosclerosis.

     

    2. Improves Cognitive Function

     

    Increases blood flow to the brain as well as to the heart. positive effect on your mood and cognitive health. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you're falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier.

     

    3. Helps Control Antioxidants

     

    Helps free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may be a cause of cancer, so eating antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.

     

    4. Hardens Tooth Enamel

     

    lowers your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene. Theobromine is also a mild stimulant, though not as strong as caffeine. It can, however, help to suppress coughs.

     

    5. High in Vitamins and Minerals

     

    Contains a number of vitamins and minerals that are high in concentrations like potassium, copper, magnesium and iron which can support your health.
    Helps prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments. The iron in chocolate protects against iron deficiency anemia, and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

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