11 Health and Disease-Fighting Benefits of Eating Chocolate
Here are 11 healthy reasons why you should eat more chocolate. There are many ways chocolate can give you better health, but the type of chocolate you eat is important whether you receive these benefits or not.
Here are the benefits of chocolate from the latest research:
Improves cardiovascular health by reducing systemic inflammation. It also improves and maintains flexible, elastic arteries (healthy arteries) and prevents stiff arteries (diseased arteries). This is vital to prevent thickening and hardening of arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, as well as blood clotting which are major risk factors for a heart attack.
Lowers blood pressure.
Improves cholesterol profile by increasing HDL and lowering LDL cholesterol.
Reduces the risk of stroke in people who eat chocolate regularly (about 50 grams each week).
May prevent the onset of Type II diabetes.
Reduces stress after intense, exhaustive exercise.
Blocks inflammation in ulcerative colitis, a painful inflammatory bowel disease.
May prevent Helicobacter pylori bacterial infections, the bacteria implicated in stomach ulcers.
Strengthens immunity against allergies.
Potentially prevents colon cancer tumor growth.
Improves cognitive function (memory and thought processing) which may lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
What Kind of Chocolate Do You Have to Eat?
The kind of chocolate you need to consume to receive its benefits is dark chocolate containing at least 70 percent cocoa, also called cacao (ca-cow). You can also consume cocoa or cacao powder. Raw cacao is best because it is minimally processed and very little of the minerals and antioxidants are destroyed during processing.
Cacao powder contains the highest amount of antioxidants, with 7 times more than dark chocolate alone! It is also the best source of magnesium which is involved in over 300 important functions in the body. Magnesium deficiency is currently very common among Americans.
So there you have it! You no longer need to feel guilty about eating a piece of dark chocolate everyday. You can now feel great knowing you can enjoy this delectable treat and help prevent many diseases at the same time.