Thursday, March 1, 2012

More benefits of Dark Chocolate

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
  • Cocoa procyanidins also inhibited molecules know to stimulate cancer cells.
  • Researchers from Japan found that phytonutrients in cocoa regulated the genes involved in the metabolism of fats, aiding in weight loss. 
  • Research shows chocolate blocked cramping, bloating and other signs of lactose intolerance. 
  • The carbohydrates in chocolate appear to boost "feel-good" chemicals in the brain (endorphins and seratonin), thus promoting euphoria and calm. 
  • Cocoa contains antibacterial agents that may discourage--not promote--tooth decay. 
  • Dark chocolate is one of the few foods with a high content of chromium, thought to help control blood sugar.  (1)  Helps the body utilize sugars better, thus preventing diabetes as well as decreasing the complications of the disease--vision problems, amputations, kidney problems.

Deny yourself these essential nutrients, and you could well be bringing on the blues!

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