Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you know what that means – dark chocolate! Whether you receive some from your sweetie or stock up during day-after sales, you’ll probably enjoy at least one tasty morsel next week. We say, indulge! Because while you do, you may help boost your health.
Along with a rich, delicious taste, dark chocolate is said to have a few health benefits as well. Here are a few:
It is shown to help with memory. We listed dark chocolate as a food that boosts your memory because it contains stimulants along with resveratrol and flavanols that improve blood circulation and protect the body.
It contains antioxidants. These little wonders protect the body from free radicals, which may cause aging and other damage to the body.
It may be good for the heart. Studies have shown that chocolate can reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and may lower the risk of getting calcified plaque in the arteries. However, more research needs to be done.
It’s nutrient-rich. Dark chocolate with a high amount of cocoa can contain a good amount of fiber, magnesium, and iron.
It can prevent blood clots. According to a study at Johns Hopkins University, chocolate may cause the blood to thin, which can lower the risk of forming blood clots.
It may protect you from the sun. One study in London found that people who ate chocolate bursting with flavanols took a longer time redden under the sun.
While some studies do show that chocolate can be beneficial to your health ,more research needs to be done. It is important to note that chocolate still has negative health benefits as well. The candy is high in calories and can contribute to weight gain and diabetes. You should eat dark chocolate without the added sugar or fat.
You should always consult a doctor before making changes to your diet. This article is for informational purposes only.