Five amazing health benefits of dark chocolate you didn't know about


Posted on Tuesday 13th of February 2018 at 11:35 AM


Five amazing health benefits of dark chocolate you didn't know about

A gift of chocolate not only enhances the charm in a relationship but turns out, this absolutely irresistible treat is also loaded with nutrients that can benefit your health. A number of studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve health and lower the risk of certain conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Studies suggested that dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, among others. Here are five amazing benefits of eating dark chocolate:

Heart healthy

On study published in The Journal of Nutrition suggested that chocolate consumption might help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, also known as 'bad fats'. The researchers found that chocolate bars containing plant sterols (PS) and cocoa flavanols (CF) may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels and improving blood pressure.

Prevents diabetes

The findings of a study showed that cocoa compound named epicatechin monomers helps the body release more insulin and responds to increased blood glucose better, indicating that dark chocolate can actually help prevent as well as treat diabetes.

Protects brain from ageing

A study done by the researchers from the University of California San Diego in the US showed that the epicatechin (Epi), a flavanol found in foods such as dark chocolate, can help reduce damaging oxidative stress and neuroinflammation in a mouse model of ageing. Their findings indicated that eating dark chocolate may protect the brain from age-related stress and inflammation which play an important role in the neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

Improves mood

According to a study conducted at the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland, eating dark chocolate - about 1.4 ounces - every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in people who were highly stressed. 

Good for skin

Studies also showed that the flavanols from cocoa can improve blood flow to the skin and protect it against sun-induced damage, while increasing skin density and hydration.

A word of caution: While there is considerable evidence that cocoa in dark chocolate can provide powerful health benefits, people shouldn't go all out and consume lots of this delicious treat every day, as it is still loaded with calories.

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This acticle first appeared on Times Now. Click here to read the original article. 

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