Next time someone offers you a piece of chocolate, you don't have to show restraint because it could actually benefit your health!
So next time someone passes around a bar of chocolate, you don't have to say no, because here's all the ways that a piece of chocolate can help your day.
1. It contains more antioxidants than apples.
Dark chocolate, in particular, contains an even higher concentration of antioxidants than apples, black tea and red wine. Antioxidants from natural sources like cocoa, counteract cell damage that can lead to signs of aging and increased risk of diseases such ask Alzheinmer's and Parkinson's.
2. It may help reduce stress.
Do you feel better after you have had a piece of chocolate? You're not the only one! Chocolate can alleviate anxiety, according to a study performed in 2009. After 2 weeks of eating about 5 squares of chocolate a day, the participates experienced lower levels of anandamide, which is responsible for your body relaxing.
3. It could reduce your risk of heart problems.
In a study looking at the diets of adults ages 50-64, they found that compared to people who ate chocolate infrequently, those who ate a 1 ounce serving up to 6 times a week had a 20% chance lower risk of experiencing a notable irregular heartbeat which could be associated with a higher risk or stroke or heart attack.
The combination of cocoa's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties makes blood less sticky and therefore reduces tissue scarring in the views, which lowers electrical dysfunction.
4. Chocolate can increase your libido.
While you have to eat A LOT of chocolate to make any noticeable difference in your sex life, this sweet treat still contains phenylethylamine, which is a chemical the body released in response to physical attraction. This also increased your levels of dopamine, which is what triggers your brain's reward center and makes you feel good. While it may not directly give you a boost in the bedroom, it sure doesn't hurt!
Continue to the next page for benefits to exercise, your skin and diabetes.