Chocolate lovers unite for dark chocolate benefits!
Finally, there has been a lot of good news about dark chocolate and its health benefits.
We are talking about dark chocolate that contains 70-80% cocoa. Pure cocoa has been shown to have more antioxidant flavonoids than any other food, including blueberries, red wine and both black and green teas. It is also the #1 source of magnesium of any other food. Magnesium is the most powerful stress relieving mineral. It also relaxes the muscles and builds strong bones and teeth.
Here are four of the incredible dark chocolate benefits that you can start enjoying right away:
Antiaging Benefits: Chocolate contains powerful antioxidants, which protect our bodies against aging and disease. Chocolate is actually higher in the antioxidant resveratrol than red wine! Chocolate is also rich in sulphur, which is the beauty mineral. Sulphur is essential for gorgeous skin, lustrous hair and strong nails.
Heart Benefits: Pure unprocessed chocolate dilates the blood vessels, improves circulation, regulates heartbeat, lowers LDL cholesterol and reduces your risk for stroke and heart attacks. And, cocoa is also a powerful anti-inflammatory which protects the heart against atherosclerosis.
Brain Benefits: Chocolate is one of the only sources of PEA.PEA is a compound that increases the serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the feel good chemical that increases joy. Cocoa also stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a sensation like a runner’s high and an overall feeling of well being.
Skin Benefits: Dark chocolate protects against UV radiation damage to the skin caused by exposure to the sun. This helps to protect your skin from premature aging.
Here is a post-workout smoothie recipe with raw chocolate:
Dark Chocolate Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 spoon chocolate protein powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1/2 frozen banana
Place all ingredients in mixer and mix until smooth. Enjoy!