We’ve successfully entered 2017 and now is a time to celebrate. Chocolate has become an incredibly popular food that millions indulge in every day, thanks to its unique, rich and sweet taste. And we’re here to tell you that you no longer have to feel bad about giving in to that chocolate craving. Thankfully, studies have shown that eating chocolate can actually help us in several ways! In moderation, medical experts have proven that wonderful, tasty, chocolate is not only good for the soul – it’s good for the heart.
The Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate
Lowering cholesterol levels, preventing cognitive decline, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems are just a few of the results some scientists have seen over time. Below are a few more reasons that we just had to share with you!
- Boosts your mood. Has eating chocolate ever made you sad? Probably not. There’s no denying that indulging your sweet tooth feels great every once in a while.
- Improves blood flow. Cocoa has anti-clotting, blood-thinning properties that work in a similar way to aspirin, which can improve blood flow and circulation.
- Fills you up. Because dark chocolate is rich in fiber, it can help you feel fuller, therefore making you eat less.
- Protects your skin. Some of the antioxidants found in dark chocolate offer some protection from UV damage.
- Can quiet coughs. An ingredient in chocolate, called theobromine, seems to reduce activity of the vagus nerve, which is the part of the brain that triggers hard-to-shake coughs.
- Can improve vision. Because of chocolates’ ability to improve blood flow, one study showed that chocolate may also increase blood flow to the retina—therefore, giving your vision a boost.
- Makes you smarter. Dark chocolate also helps boost blood flow to the brain and seems to make people feel more awake and alert.
With all that being said, the next time you eat a piece of chocolate, you can finally leave your guilt behind.
Whatever your resolution may be, Malley’s Chocolates wants to help. For getting healthier, we give you chocolate. For the others, we offer our moral support with more chocolate!