Are you a chocolate lover? But refrain from eating it because of the fear of diabetes? Well, it’s okay to eat sometimes. Once you’ll know that dark chocolate is loaded with so many benefits, you would always keep a choco bar with you!
Here are some of the scientifically proven benefits of dark chocolates or cocoa.
- Improves brain function
Study shows that eating dark chocolate for almost five days improves blood flow to the brain. This is because cocoa contains caffeine and theobromine which may be the reason why it improves brain function in a short time. People with brain impairments must eat cocoa because it significantly improves cognitive functions.
- Highly nutritious
Dark chocolate is full of soluble fibers and minerals in a neutral amount. In a 100 gm bar of dark chocolate you will find approximately 11gms of fiber, 67% of iron, 58% of magnesium, 89% of copper, 98% of manganese and a handsome amount of potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and selenium.
- Rich in antioxidants
There are so many compounds present in dark chocolate that have antioxidant properties. These antioxidants prevents the oxidative stress that increases the natural aging process; and prevents other diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart diseases, Parkinson’s disease, eye diseases, and even cancer.
- Maintains blood pressure
Dark choco contains flavanols that stimulate the production of nitric acid in the body. Nitric acid widens the blood vessels consequently improving the blood flow and lowering blood pressure. These benefits are likely to be more obvious in older people than in the younger ones.
- Reduces inflammation in the body
Eating dark chocolate can reduce inflammation in your body parts because it contains certain compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. If it’s chronic inflammation than it may affect cells and tissues of the body aggravating the risks of diabetes, arthritis and certain types of cancer. So why not eat a bar of dark chocolate and prevent all the diseases?
- Brightens your skin
Surprisingly, dark chocolate is really beneficial for brightening skin. It is enriched with such minerals that heal the dead cells revealing a clear and smooth skin. Apart from that, it lightens the scars and blemishes too. And prevents premature aging.
Having so many benefits does not mean, that dark chocolate is a substitute for medicines that treat blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. It’s absolutely NOT! However, for those who love it, must know its benefits too. Eating a small amount won’t cost you much unless you are following a diet plan.