Health Benefits of Cocoa
effective antioxidantbetter than red wine or green tea. An
amazing mood enhancer."
Dark chocolate has
been called an antidepressant, an energy booster, a euphoriant, a toner,
and by many chocolate lovers, a health food. Now evidence is showing that this
Chocolate is a virtual pharmacopoeia containing hundreds
of important properties. Specific properties in chocolate stimulate endorphin
secretion, influencing mood and promoting a general sense of well being.
These properties relieve cravings that are independent from hunger as well.
Specifically, small amounts of caffeine increase resistance to fatigue, heighten
intellectual activity and focus and awaken the brain to stimulate serotonin. Phenylathlyamine
and serotonin assist in correcting nervous depression.
contains many biologically active constituents that influence health, providing protection against heart disease, high blood pressure, and many other health
problems while building resistance and fighting fatigue. Studies indicate that
the flavonols and procyanidins in chocolate provide high antioxidant properties and may have anti-carcinogenic effects. Chocolate is a balanced food containing
small amounts of the three food categories: carbohydrates (including fiber), proteins,
and fats. It also contains considerable amounts of magnesium and potassium, smaller
amounts of calcium and iron and trace elements essential to good health. Vitamin
A, B, B2, D & E are also found in chocolate.
Cocoa has a positive
effect on lipid metabolism, which may contribute to anti-inflammatory properties.
The saturated fat in cocoa is not effectively absorbed by the body and is thus
excreted without harm. What is not excreted is converted by the body into oleic
acid, a heart healthy fat also found in olive oil. Chocolate has been shown
to inhibit LDL oxidation better than red wine and green tea as well as some
vegetables and is likely to give the same cardiovascular protection as these foods.
It appears to reduce platelet aggregation and vasoconstriction as well. It can
thus be considered a 'functional food' to help reduce coronary heart disease,
especially for those with elevated cholesterol levels. Polyphenols in cocoa, being
effective free radical scavengers, are responsible for preventing damage by oxygen
free radicals, a major cause of DNA damage. The theobromine in chocolate stimulates
the central nervous system, relaxes smooth muscles and aids heart action. Recent
studies suggest it also aids in reducing coughs. No doubt more research
will reveal additional information about chocolate's amazing properties.
is no wonder that people are naturally drawn to chocolate! It truly is a gift
of the gods. Order
your healthy chocolate today!