Distinct Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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There are so many benefits of drinking dark cocoa and snacking on chocolate of the very dark rich kind, it is hard to categorize.  So many of them fall into the major benefit of “health,” but for sake of this article, health will only refer to our internal workings from the neck down; therefore the 5 distinct health benefits are:

HEALTH BENEFITS
Where to begin? At a conference in Dallas TX in March of this year for scientists all over the world, the latest findings were revealed. Dark chocolate causes good bacteria in the stomach lining to absorb it quickly and ferment into anti-inflammatory and other compounds. These compounds do a myriad of good things for our health:

  • Stimulate the lining of and relax arteries.
  • Improve blood flow.
  • Lower LDL (bad cholesterol).
  • Raise HDL (good cholesterol).
  • Reduce gas, bloat, diarrhea and constipation problems.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Helps protect against heart attack and stroke.
AIDS DIETING
Hard to believe that small doses of dark chocolate can aid dieters, but in reality it reduces food cravings AND supplies nutrition.  Dark chocolate is rich in iron, magnesium, copper and manganese and also contains potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

IMPROVES SKIN AND HAIR
The increased blood flow, and general health benefits described above also protects the skin from damaging sun rays by increasing density and hydration.

SHARPENS COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS
Those with mental impairments have been found to have increased brain activity and cognitive awareness for short durations after consuming dark chocolate.  Studies are showing significant improvements in verbal skills for certain learning disabilities.

HELPS EYESIGHT
The flavanols from cacao found in dark chocolate are not only effective in general health and reducing risks of heart disease, making the hair and skin healthier and increasing brain function, but have been found to actually improve eyesight and visual contrasting.