The Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate provides polyphenols with high antioxidant activity. It also has fewer unhealthy fats and sugars when compared to other types of chocolate. Research shows that eating a few pieces of dark chocolate (70% or higher pure cocoa solids) each week can improve heart health and stress (specifical cortisol) levels.
Four Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate1. Fights Free Radicals The cacao plant is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals which has been linked to chronic and degenerative illnesses1. 2. Prevents Heart Disease Researchers looked at seven different studies that focused on chocolate and cardiac health. Their findings suggest that those who ate dark chocolate each week had a 37 percent lower risk of any heart disease than those who ate the least amounts2. 3. Raises Good (HDL) Cholesterol The cocoa butter in dark chocolate is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that scientists believe can raise HDL cholesterol. HDL cholesterol helps rid the body of bad cholesterol and keeps it from collecting on the linings of your arteries3. Cholesterol buildup can lead to severe health events such as heart attack or stroke. 4. Decreases Risk of Stroke Swedish researchers found that women who ate two dark chocolate bars per week had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke4. In a similar study, British researchers found the number to be closer to 30 percent. If you are going to eat dark chocolate, make sure that it contains 70 percent or higher cocoa solids. Another way to keep your heart healthy and increase your HDL cholesterol levels is by taking NATURELO's Omega-3 supplement daily5. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fatty acid that may reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation in the body can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease and strokes.
References: 1. Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health, 2008 Jun; 4(2): 89–96 2. Eating chocolate cuts risk of heart disease 3. HDL cholesterol: How to boost your 'good' cholesterol 4. Chocolate Consumption Likely Reduces Stroke Risk, Oct 10, 2011 5. Effect of fatty and lean fish intake on lipoprotein subclasses in subjects with coronary heart disease: a controlled trial, 2014 Jan-Feb;8(1):126-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jacl.2013.09.007. Epub 2013 Sep 30