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The ability to consume chocolate is at the top of every girl's dream. However, due to its sugar content, most people steer away from this richly flavoured bar and its goodness.
This should not be the case as recent research reveals that you do not have to give up one of your favourite bite for unhealthy benefits.
In fact, these findings encourage you to add more of the delicacy into your everyday diet because;
Chocolate reverses the anti-ageing process
Most sugary foods are known to make your skin look older that you really are. However, research shows that consuming dark chocolate have reverse effects since the antioxidant flavones in cocoa beans helps reduce inflammation of the skin caused by exposure to UV light.
Eating chocolate also slows your skin's ageing by increasing circulation and moisture retention so that your skin looks suppler and younger.
Chocolate boosts your libido
Nothing breaks a relationship faster than boring intimacy caused by low libido. Consuming chocolate can however solve this for you since it contains phenylethylamine, a compound we produce when we are in love.
Chocolate also increases serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, both which make us happy and then puts us in the well-desired mood.
Chocolate is good for your brain
Well, nothing spells out healthy than a swift functioning brain. By incorporating chocolate into your diet, you can boost your brain's performance and enhance your mood.
Flavones found in cocoa beans penetrate and accumulate in the hippocampus, the part of your brain that is responsible for learning and memory.
By increasing blood flow to the brain, eating chocolate can also boost your memory, lengthen your attention span, shorten your reaction time, and eventually increase your problem-solving skills.
Chocolate is heart friendly
The cocoa beans from which chocolate is made are rich in Flavonoids, nutrients essential with high antioxidant qualities, good for lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.
Dark chocolate improves your blood circulation reducing the risk of heart disease.
Chocolate is good for weight loss
As unbelievable as this sounds, eating this delicacy more often could actually help you shed some the extra pounds you've been working hard to.
Eating controlled amounts of chocolate, to begin with, lowers your appetite by making you feel fuller. This, in turn, means you eat less and you don't have to worry about unnecessary gain.
The anti-inflammatory content in chocolate also stimulates you into engaging into more exercise by reducing the pain or fatigue your muscles undergo during exercise.
Chocolate reduces stress
By increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in your brain, consuming chocolate now and then improves your moods and in return lowers your stress levels.
Results from research over a period of time indicates that consuming high amounts of cacao, the healthiest form of this chocolate, keeps you in high moods hence eliminating your stress or lowering it to a manageable level.
It is important, however, to note that not all chocolate bars offer these benefits. Dark chocolate comes first in giving your body the best while milk chocolate might end up spiking your diet with cholesterol.
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