Dark chocolates, best known for their classic and rich taste are made of Cocoa beans. Cocoa beans which are used in making these dark chocolates have scores and scores of benefits as they have a bag full of mineral, vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper etc altogether around 300 healthy compounds.
Cocoa beans are named as nature's anti-depressants and fame to promote good mental health. Cocoa beans are the best source of anti-oxidants. They contain about 10% antioxidant concentration level, which is literally thrice the level of anti-oxidants in green tea and twice the level of antioxidants in red wine.
Cocoa beans beat off blueberries, which have good antioxidant levels with a great difference in number. Dark chocolate, which is made of such an almighty bean is no less than the Cocoa bean and offers the best benefits when taken in.
Dark chocolates are made of some roasted cocoa bean, some fat, and sugar. Dark chocolates won’t tease our taste buds with high levels of sweet. Most of the people love eating dark chocolates because of their taste and most of the other people love to eat dark chocolates because of the extraordinary benefits they offer.
Few people avoid dark chocolate even though they love it because of its calories. One has to know that even the food we eat is in low calories, eating it in double amounts would definitely increase our weight. In the same way, even though dark chocolate is high in calories, eating it in good amounts without exceeding your limited calorie intake would yield wonderful health benefits. Let us see what those health benefits are.
As I told you earlier that Cocoas are famed as anti-depressants, the cooked version of cocoas i.e. black chocolate acts as a stress buster and changes the mood in no time. Dark chocolate increases the levels of neurotransmitter serotonin that acts as a natural antidepressant.
A study done by Nestle Research Center confirmed that eating 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate daily for two weeks can help reduce the stress level in the people who are over stressed. In addition to that, magnesium, which is present in dark chocolate, helps in dealing with stress and depression type symptoms.
The low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein play a great role in dealing with heart issues. The cocoa content present in dark chocolates helps to reduce the low-density lipoprotein which is also called as bad cholesterol in the blood which could disturb the functioning of arteries and veins.
The rich set of antioxidants in cocoa also helps in reducing the risk of heart strokes. Along with decreasing the levels of low-density lipoprotein, it also helps in increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein which is also called as good cholesterol.
Maintaining both bad and good cholesterol levels at their best, dark chocolate keeps you away from the risk of coronary atherosclerosis and heart attacks.
Lowers blood pressure
The most common disease seen in most of the people these days is blood pressure. The flavonoids present in Cocoa helps in reducing the levels of blood pressure. The flavonoid present in Cocoa is called flavanol.
This flavonol helps in stimulating the endothelium to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide sends signals to arteries to relax, which lowers the speed of blood flow that ultimately reduces blood pressure.
Same with low blood pressure too. Low blood pressure may increase the risk of heart disease. Eating a piece of dark chocolate daily can keep you away from both high and low blood pressures.
Lower the risk of heart strokes
There are quite a lot of reasons for a stroke to occur. Stroke is mainly due to blood clotting, which is due to the stickiness of the blood. Recent studies show that people who eat good amounts of chocolate every week are less prone to strokes than people who eat little are no chocolate in their diet.
Speeds up the brain
Dark chocolate has the capability to speed up the process that a brain do. This is possible due to the presence of a flavonoid called flavanol in cocoas. The flavor helps in speeding up the blood flow in the brain for about three hours. This, in turn, speeds up all the activities that are related to brain and makes your brain work smart.
The flavonoid also helps to fight with sleep issues. The cocoa present in dark chocolate helps to improve the concentration power, response time and memory recall.
As I told you earlier, even a very low calories food taken in excess amounts can increase your weight. Contrarily, taking fewer amounts of high-calorie food won’t add as an extra weight. Cocoa, which is the main ingredient of dark chocolate has fiber in it, which when taken make us feel full for a long time.
This, in turn, will stop us from stuffing more at the dining. The antioxidants present in cocoa will slow up the process of digestion and thereby reduces your amount of food intake. This way you can lose your weight with dark chocolate.
Promotes healthy skin
Dark chocolate can also help in promoting healthy skin. The antioxidants in dark chocolate help in protecting the skin from radical damage. The damage of radicals would lead to early aging.
The antioxidants in dark chocolate will help protect these radicals from getting damaged. The flavonoids present in cocoa also helps in protecting the skin from ultraviolet rays, which are way too harmful and are the cause of skin cancer and sunburns.
Do you cough a lot? Is your coughing disturbing you and people around you? Then have a dark chocolate. It will take care of your cough all in its own way.
Used in treatment of diarrhea
The flavonoid-rich cocoa can help to treatment diarrhea. The flavonoids help in preventing the protein in the intestines called CFTR, which controls the fluid secretion in the small intestine and thereby relieves you from the symptoms of diarrhea.
Keep your blood sugar in control with dark chocolate. Regular intake of dark chocolate can help you to control your diabetes. It also helps in reducing the risk of diabetes.
These are the best health benefits of dark chocolates. The results are positive only if the chocolate is taken in wisely. Excess intake of it may turn it as a poison, which changes all its positive signs to negative.