Benefits of dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is an excellent antioxidant
Chocolate is one of the richest food antioxidant, that is, flavonoids in cocoa powder. It possess several virtues, including the ability to stimulate the brain during consumption. In addition, the antioxidants present in chocolate can fight against aging cerebral, more precisely the premature aging of cells. More surprisingly, the antioxidant capacity of cocoa is 2 to 3 times higher than that of green tea and wine.
Dark chocolate helps strengthen the heart
Chocolate improves blood circulation and artery function by the amount of flavonoids in chocolate. Indeed, flavonoids help to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood as well as blood pressure. In addition, the regular consumption of dark chocolate considerably reduces the risk of suffering from certain forms of cardiovascular disease by dilating the blood vessels and improving coagulation.
Dark chocolate helps to counter stress and anxiety
Chocolate is known for its beneficial effects on morale thanks to its magnesium content. Indeed, cocoa is an excellent source of magnesium since dark and milk chocolates contain respectively 112 mg and 60 mg of magnesium per 100 g. This element makes it possible, among other things, to counter fatigue, stress and anxiety, because the chocolate allows a renewal of energy during consumption. In addition, the consumption of chocolate brings comfort and satisfaction, since it also promotes the secretion of endorphins also called the happiness hormone.
Dark chocolate is an excellent source of fiber
Thanks to the fibers composed in the chocolate, it helps to limit constipation by stimulating intestinal transit. The higher the cocoa content, the higher the amount of fiber. Then, some chocolates, such as 70% dark chocolate, contain more fiber than some vegetables, including zucchini and cucumber. Also, chocolate is food that causes a great feeling of satiety thanks to its fiber content, so it can be considered that it reduces the desire to eat other foods.