Dark Chocolates are a kind of chocolate that contains cocoa solids and cocoa butter. It doesn’t have any milk or butter that is usually found in regular milk chocolates. It’s dark and slightly bitter, but definitely delicious. Ever since I started eating dark chocolates I haven’t enjoyed milk chocolates as much. Dark Chocolates are not just tastier, but also have a tonne of health benefits.
Go ahead and read more to know 15 surprising health benefits of dark chocolates…
1. Improves Mood
Studies show that eating dark chocolates has a good effect on our bodies. Eating a piece of dark chocolate also reduces our stress levels. The fatty acids in dark chocolates is what makes this happen. It works by stimulating endorphins that make us feel all happy. Other than that it has caffeine and theobromine which helps is reducing depression
2. Keeps The Heart Healthy
Eating dark chocolate everyday can improve the heart health and reduce the risk of heart diseases. It contains cocoa flavonoids that are good for the heart. It also lowers the ‘bad’ cholesterol in our blood and helps maintain the ‘good’ cholesterol. And that ensures that our heart stays healthier for longer.
3. Helps In Weight Loss
The monounsaturated fatty acids present in dark chocolates stimulate metabolism to burn fat. Also when we eat dark chocolates we tend to snack on other things less so that’s a win win.
4. Treats Diabetes
Dark chocolates also help with curing diabetes. Strange right? I thought so too. For someone who isn’t supposed to eat sweet, eating a bit of dark chocolate everyday can do wonders… isn’t that sweet? The flavonoids in the chocolate aid in insulin sensitivity, glucose balance. Eating some dark chocolate everyday can also reduce the risk of getting the diabetes.
5. Improves Cognitive Ability
Dark chocolates are known to help improve the cognitive abilites of our brain. When we eat dark chocolates, it intensifies our blood flow to the brain which makes us much more alert. It also shields our brain from ageing fast and improves our overall performance.
6. Relieves Cough
The antioxidants present in dark chocolates are known to help in fixing cough. Some studies are also of the view that it’s effect if much better than that of common cold medicines. These antioxidants also help in regularly flushing out the toxins from our body.
7. Strengthens Vision
The cocoa flavonoids present in dark chocolates helps in improving the oxygen and nutrient supply to the blood vessels in our eyes. This helps in improving and strengthening our vision. So yep, keep eating those carrots to make your eyes stronger but also add in a piece of dark chocolate to the diet!
8. Lowers Blood Pressure
The antioxidants in dark chocolates lead to opening up of blood vessels, which improves blood flow and reduces blood pressure. So on a day when the blood pressure is spiked up, you know what to resort to to feel better.
9. Improves Teeth Health
The antioxidant theobromine, in dark chocolates help in protecting the enamel surfaces of the teeth. This antioxidant is known to be better at hardening the teeth. So have some dark chocolate and smile your biggest smile! (:
10. Protection From Cancer
Studies show that the antioxidants in dark chocolates can help in protecting us from cancer as it diminishes damage to the cells. It also reduces inflammation and can drastically reduce the production of cancer cells. Eating a bit of dark chocolate everyday is a great way to ensure you’re safe from cancer.
11. Hydrates The Skin
Dark chocolate does our body a great deal but it also improves the quality of our skin. Now, nothings better than that right!?
The cocoa flavonoids in dark chocolates help in improving blood flow and that elevates skin hydration. Eating a bit of dark chocolate everyday can give you a smoother and glowy skin.
12. Keeps You Looking Younger
The antioxidants in dark chocolates fights ageing and keeps you looking younger for longer. These antioxidants help in combating DNA mutilation which causes ageing skin, greying of hair and wrinkles.
13. Works Like A Sun Block
What does dark chocolate not help with right? Now imagine eating a bit of dark chocolate everyday can protect us everything, also the sun. The flavonoids in the chocolates protects the skin from destructive UV rays. That prevents us from getting sun allergies, rashes and spots.
14. Fixes Dandruff
The benefits of dark chocolates are lots in number. The antioxidants present in it help with a large number of things in our bodies. They also help in keeping our scalp in check. Its anti-inflammatory properties stops the build up of dandruff in our scalps.
15. Improves Hair Quality
Eating a bit of dark chocolate everyday can also make your hair healthier, shinier and so much more thicker. It also prevents hair loss. So if you’re someone who struggles with having nutritious thick hair, dark chocolates are your secret fix!
Well, even if it wasn’t aiding our bodies and nourishing our hair and skin, id still eat it. But knowing how good it is for us has made me make a shift and now I always keep a bar of dark chocolates in our fridge. It works well in those midnight cravings and I eat it guilt free, for it has such amazing health benefits.
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