Nothing tastes better after a delicious meal at the end of a long day than a nice piece of dark chocolate. I have some good news – if you are indulging in dark chocolate after dinner you may be benefiting your health! All the more reason to keep up that dark chocolate habit. The key is moderation for chocolate is still high in fat and calories!
Studies have shown that dark chocolate may lower blood pressure by preventing blood clots and improving blood flow. This also means a decrease in the risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Since dark chocolate has been shown to improve blood flow, that means it also improves blood flow to the brain carrying the proper nutrients your brain needs to function properly. Also, dark chocolate contains certain compounds that have been shown to improve mood.
Dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants to help rid your body of damaging free radicals. It is also a great source of important vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy such as potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron.
So by consuming a moderate amount of dark chocolate a couple times a week you may be protecting your heart, blood vessels, and brain while improving overall health!