Say Yes to Your Dark Chocolate Bunny!
I don’t know about you, but chocolate is straight from heaven for us! This Easter you don’t have to say goodbye to all of the yummy treats in your basket. Look for the dark chocolate, and experience all of the fantastic benefits it has for your beautiful body!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Dark chocolate comes from the seed of the cocoa tree. Loaded with nutrients, it’s one of the most potent sources of antioxidants on the planet. It tastes sinfully sweet, but indulging in it doesn’t have to make you feel guilty anymore!
- Many of dark chocolate’s surprising benefits stem from its potent antioxidant compounds: epicatechin, catechin, and procyanidins, along with flavonoids and polyphenols. These antioxidants are responsible for slowing down DNA damage, reducing inflammation, regulating glucose levels, slowing aging, and much more.
Here are FIVE reasons why dark chocolate is good for you:
- Dark chocolate reduces high blood pressure and improves your heart health.
Not only does dark chocolate make you feel similar to being in love (okay, maybe not that good), but it has significant benefits for your heart and blood pressure levels.
Studies show that the compound prostacyclin in dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure by increasing vasodilation, the opening, and loosening of your arteries and blood vessels. Also, another study revealed that higher chocolate intake is associated with a lower risk of future cardiovascular events.
- Reduces the risk of diabetes.
Research has shown that dark chocolate improves glucose balance, insulin sensitivity and inflammation markers – all symptoms that contribute to the development of diabetes. In one particular study, scientists found these benefits occurred when participants ate dark chocolate; those who consumed white chocolate received no benefits.
Interestingly, a study in Japan found that the risk of developing diabetes was reduced 35 percent among men who consumed “chocolate snack pieces” once per week or more versus those who never or rarely ate chocolate.
- Great source of antioxidants
Dark chocolate has antioxidant compounds that help fight the DNA damage that causes aging symptoms like wrinkles, graying hair, and disease. Research shows that just a single serving of cacao contains more phenolic antioxidants than most foods, and more antioxidants than many Americans get daily.
- Helps your brain work harder
Medical scientists have looked at dark chocolate for its ability to increase cognitive function by improving cerebral blood flow, due to its high flavanol content. One study showed that the intake of flavonoid-rich foods, like chocolate, wine, and tea, resulted in improved cognitive performance, especially in elderly participants.
Another study out of Italy also found that the flavanols in chocolate could prevent and even reverse age-related memory decline.
- Possibly an aid to better vision
The cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate improve the availability of oxygen and nutrients to the blood vessels in your eyes, having the potential to boost vision health.
Dark chocolate is a great place to go when you’re looking to satisfy that sweet tooth. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your dark chocolate this Easter without hesitation!