Some Of The Many Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has recently been discovered to have a number of healthy benefits.

Theobromine, a bitter, volatile compound obtained from cacao seeds and an alkaloid resembling caffeine in its physiological effects has been shown to suppress appetite and mobilize fatty acids to be burned as energy, without the stimulatory side effects of caffeine.

Theobromine is naturally found in dark chocolate and has been the reason behind the fat-burning benefits associated with dark chocolate.

Furthermore, dark chocolate is also known to boost your brain health, as it is rich in antioxidant flavonoids, which help fight against oxidative stress that deteriorates brain tissue over time. Actually, in a recent Harvard Medical School study, researchers found that a daily consumption of dark chocolate rich in antioxidant, was able to significantly reverse cognitive decline in seniors age 60 and older. Flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently.

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Dark chocolate also contains a number of minerals and vitamins that can support your health. Potassium, copper, Magnesium and Iron.

* Potassium and Copper help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments.

* Iron protects against anemia.

* Magnesium helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

If you started wondering now how much dark chocolate you should eat, you need to know that it is advised to have 1 to 2 squares daily of the minimum 70% cacao dark chocolate , which is where the flavonoids are found. It’s also important to note that milk chocolate contains very few antioxidants, so if you are looking for the fat burning and brain boosting benefits from chocolate, milk chocolate is not the answer. You need to reach for the concentrated dark chocolate.

Eat chocolate and enjoy …