While chocolate might be considered a comfort food to some, its health benefits are understated. ‘Real’ chocolate offers a slew of health benefits, and you should know about them. Legacy Chocolates offers a variety of chocolate options, from liquid to solid, and you can experience the health benefits of chocolate from either form. Check out some interesting health benefits attributed to our favorite food - chocolate.
Health Benefit One: Antioxidant Support
Dark chocolate has many flavonoids. These antioxidants which are also found in fruits, vegetables, and red wine are valuable disease-fighting substances. Surprisingly, chocolate is a powerful anti-sickness food.
Health Benefit Two: Lowered Blood Pressure
Cocoa’s flavanols also lower blood pressure similar to ACE inhibitors. These flavanols stimulate your body’s nitrous oxide production, lessening your heart’s strain. While the effects are small, continuous chocolate consumption is said to reduce your chance of heart disease.
Health Benefit Three: Liver Health
Because chocolate has positive effects on blood pressure, it’s also healthy for your liver. Modern research supports the positive impact chocolate has on liver-based blood flow. It can even prevent long-term liver damage if consumed regularly.
Health Benefit Four: Cancer Prevention
Experts believe cocoa contains cancer-fighting substances. Pentameric procyanidin—also called pentamer—can disrupt the spread of cancer cells. While the support is small, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers discovered positive impacts of chocolate on cancer proteins.
Health Benefit Five: Cough Control
Many claim that chocolate can prevent coughing (and we’ve tried it). Theobromine contained within the chocolate seemingly reduces vagus nerve activity. The vagus nerve triggers coughing fits when activated, but its sensitivity can be lowered if consistently treated. Though only a small benefit, it’s a benefit none the less. If you’re sick or have a tickle in your throat consider trying some chocolate. It tastes better than cough syrup!
Health Benefit Six: Brain Cell Stimulation
Researchers feel that dark chocolate can shield your brain cells, too. While chocolate contains many physical benefits, there’s reason to believe it can make you marginally smarter. Dark chocolate also boosts the production of ‘feel-good’ chemicals in your brain called endorphins.
If you’re good to your body, your body will be good to you. Sure, chocolate alone will not overhaul your whole body health, but it’s a great-tasting way to start. Remember, ‘real’ chocolate is not candy, and its benefits outweigh any negative health impacts. Along with a balanced diet, a little chocolate per day, (paired with a glass of wine of course) can be surprisingly beneficial to your long-term health.
Check out the healthy chocolate selection at Legacy Chocolates, and boost your body’s capabilities. Created with natural ingredients, Legacy Chocolates offers all-natural, handmade chocolate that does not contain preservatives or corn syrup.