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Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Medically reviewed by

Prof Rishi Singhal MBBS, MRCS, FRCS, MD

Having a positive relationship with all foods is beneficial for both your mind and body.
Dark chocolate in particular has numerous health benefits, as it contains flavanols.

Here are just a few of the ways research has shown that dark chocolate can benefit you:

Flavanols 

Flavanols keep the immune system from overreacting and reduce oxidative stress, which is an imbalance caused by cells fighting free radicals and a common cause of many diseases.

Can Reduce Ailments

Dark chocolate’s antioxidants have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of clotting, and increase blood circulation to the heart, lowering the risks of stroke, coronary heart disease, and heart disease death.

Stress Reliever

People who ate dark chocolate reported feeling less stressed, and researchers confirmed that there were lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after eating dark chocolate. This could be related to the effects of dark chocolate on heart health, as stress is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Improved Brain Functioning

Dark chocolate also improves brain function by improving reaction time, visual-spatial awareness, and memory. Though research is ongoing, one possible explanation is that flavonols increase blood flow to the brain.

Just like any other food type, chocolate should be eaten in moderation.
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