Dark Chocolate

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Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health.

Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.

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A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains :

  • 11 grams of fiber.

  • 67% of the RDA for Iron.

  • 58% of the RDA for Magnesium.

  • 89% of the RDA for Copper.

  • 98% of the RDA for Manganese.

  • It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

     

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Benefits:

It Can Improve Eyesight

Forget carrots. Dark chocolate can improve your eyesight too, according to research published in the journal Physiology & Behavior. The researchers found that participants who consumed dark chocolate with 720 mg of cocoa flavanols experienced enhanced visual performance—like detecting motion and reading low contrast letters—likely due to the increased blood flow to the retina and brain.

Powerful Source of Antioxidants

Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, among others.

 Cocoa and dark chocolate have a wide variety of powerful antioxidants.

Improve Blood Flow

One of the functions of NO is to send signals to the arteries to relax, which lowers resistance to blood flow and therefore reduces blood pressure.

Dark Chocolate May Protect Your Skin Against The Sun

The bioactive compounds in dark chocolate may also be great for your skin.

The flavonols can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration .

The minimal erythemal dose (MED) is the minimum amount of UVB rays required to cause redness in the skin, 24 hours after exposure.

Improve Brain Function

The good news isn’t over yet. Dark chocolate may also improve the function of the brain.

One study of healthy volunteers showed that 5 days of consuming high-flavanol cocoa improved blood flow to the brain

It Raises Good Cholesterol (HDL)

Polyphenols in cocoa powder and dark chocolate can favorably—though modestly—reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and raising the antioxidant capacity of good cholesterol (HDL), according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Dosage:

Since dark chocolate is higher in flavonoids, it offers the greatest health benefits. Most experts agree that the recommended “dose” of dark chocolate is approximately 30g to 60g/day (roughly 1 to 2 ounces).

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Written By : Israr Choudhary