There’s more good news about dark chocolate.
- It can help your heart, improving blood flow and possibly preventing blood clots.
- It can help your brain, increasing blood to the brain, thus improving cognitive function and reducing risk of stroke. Some research shows that dark chocolate can improve the thinking processes in people with cognitive impairment and because it contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a chemical that helps your brain release endorphins, it can also make you feel happier.
- It can help control blood sugar, keeping your blood vessels and your circulation healthy; this protects against Type 2 Diabetes. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that work against insulin resistance, thus helping your body use its insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index that counteracts spikes in blood sugar levels.
- It contains antioxidants that eliminate free radicals. Free radicals are linked to cancer and an increase in the aging process.
- It contains some of the following vitamins and minerals: potassium and copper which support your cardiovascular system; iron which protects against anemia, and magnesium which helps prevent Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Sources: Web MD, livestrong.com