Unlike commercially available chocolate which is full with sugars and low in antioxidants, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants. Interestingly, chocolate with a high proportion of cocoa (at least 70%) contains more antioxidants than green tea or red wine. But, what’s the secret?
Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which are very powerful antioxidants that have positive effects on our health.
Here are some of the health benefits of dark chocolate!
If you want to protect your skin from damage caused by UV rays, reach for dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants. One study showed that people who ate dark chocolate have smoother skin, 25% less red blisters after exposure to the sun and their skin retains moisture for longer time. Additionally, chocolate can prevent discoloration of the skin caused by aging.
Keeps the heart healthy
Dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and can improve the condition of the blood vessels. But the consumption of cocoa also reduces bad cholesterol in people younger than 50 years and increases the level of good cholesterol.
Lowers high blood pressure
Chocolate can lower the blood pressure – this is confirmed by numerous studies. Even a small amount of dark chocolate gives similar potential for lowering blood pressure as well as extensive dietary measures that have demonstrated effectiveness in addressing this health problem.
With dark chocolate wrinkles will be less visible, because flavonoids protect the skin from UV radiation but also help to maintain the elasticity of the skin and prevent wrinkles. In addition, they facilitate the regeneration of cells, and that means younger and beautiful skin!
Detoxification for the skin
If you feel that your skin is too oily or you don’t have a nice tan – eat dark chocolate! When combined with caffeine, dark chocolate is ideal for detoxification of the skin. Improves circulation and nourishes the skin, acts as an exfoliator and removes dead skin cells.
Studies have shown that 12 grams of dark chocolate daily is enough to preserve the health of tooth enamel which is the protective layer of our teeth from decay.