- Chocolate Lower Your Blood Pressure – People who eat chocolate regularly have blood pressure readings that are at least 2 points lower than people who don’t eat chocolate. Moderate regular dosages of flavanol-rich cocoa products such as dark chocolate may be part of a comprehensive lifestyle plan to optimizing blood pressure.
- Chocolate is Great for Your Brain – There is a strong correlation between neurovascular coupling and cognitive function, and both can be improved by regular cocoa consumption in individuals with baseline impairments.
- Chocolate Keeps You Young – Certain types of cocoa and dark chocolate have a higher antioxidant content than fruits like blueberries and açai berries. Anti-oxidants are important as they help to combat cell damage caused by free radical activity. A high intake of anti-oxidants is believed to help prevent the development of debilitating conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.
- Chocolate is Excellent for The Heart – Chocolate consumption is inversely associated with prevalent coronary heart disease. Those who ate chocolate had fewer coronary issues, and the more that was consumed the risk for CHD was lower.
- Chocolate Improves Your Mood – It can increase serotonin levels in the brain, dark chocolate also may increase serotonin production in the gut, and it will help your immune system.
- Chocolate Reduces Stress Levels – Eating the equivalent of one average-sized dark chocolate candy bar each day for two weeks reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the “fight-or-flight” hormones known as catecholamines in highly stressed people.
- Chocolate Protects Your Skin – There was a recent study by German Scientists that showed that dark chocolate is great for skin. 24 women ages 18 to 65 consumed about 1/2 cup of cocoa per day for 12 weeks. Half drank cocoa with 329 milligrams of antioxidants per portion. The other half drank cocoa with only 27 milligrams of antioxidants per portion. The research showed that that women who drank the high antioxidant chocolate showed: a 25% reduction in UV light-induced skin reddening compared to tests conducted before the study, a 42% reduction in scaliness, a 30% reduction in roughness, a 16% increase in density, a 13% increase in moistness and an 11% increase in thickness.
- Chocolate is a Natural Painkiller – A study suggested that the C-reactive protein (CRP is a blood marker showing inflammation in the body) actually was lower in those who consumed chocolate daily, so if you have pain associated with inflammation, eating chocolate can reduce that pain by reducing the inflammation that is causing it.
- Chocolate Reduces Your Cholesterol – In a study that was published in 2011 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011, researchers did a meta-analysis of 10 prior clinical trials on cocoa consumption and cholesterol. They found that in short-term studies, increases in cocoa consumption significantly reduced levels of both LDL and total cholesterol, without significant effects on HDL cholesterol.