Eating chocolate is one of the healthiest additions you can include in your life for health benefits. Chocolate has gotten a bad rep over the years for its sugar contents and all, it is however one of the best foods to include in your diet, be it as a drink or in your dessert. Here are some of these benefits.
Chocolate decreases the risk of strokes
A Swedish study found that eating more than 45 grams of chocolate per week—about two bars worth—led to a 20 percent decrease in stroke risk among women. This is due to the fact that chocolate contains flavonoids, containing antioxidant properties that help fight strokes, the study’s author, Susanna Larsson, told Health Day.
Chocolate reduces the likelihood of a heart attack
Eating chocolate helps prevent blood clot according to studies which reduces the risk of heart attacks in people. Other studies show that eating chocolate prevents blood clots, which in turn reduces the risk of heart attacks. Studies say; Blood platelets tend to clump together more slowly in chocolate eaters.
Chocolate protects against blood inflammation
Eating a dark chocolate per week about 6.7 grams per day will help keep your blood inflammation inducing proteins.
Chocolate may prevent cancer
Chocolate is cocoa that has pentameric, procyanidin, or pentamer which counters the spread of cancer cells. In 2005, researchers from Lombardi comprehensive cancer center at Georgetown University treat cancer with pentamer, the proteins that caused cancer growth ceased and the cells didn’t multiply.
Chocolate reduces the risk of diabetes
A study from the University of L’Aquila, in Italy found out that consuming chocolate increases one’s insulin sensitivity which helps lowers the risk of diabetes.
Chocolate is good for your skin
According to some German scientists, dark chocolates is good for the skin due to the flavonoids found in it that helps protects women’s skin from UV rays.
For further information, ask your nutritionist or doctor to help you with the necessary information before embarking on a chocolate eating spree.
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