Protect your skin, improve eyesight and help prevent depression Love dark chocolate? It’s more than just a tasty treat, quality…
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Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain so it can help improve cognitive function.
The study about cognitive benefits of chocolate consumption says eating dark chocolate means better performance on the Global Composite score, Visual-Spatial Memory and Organization, Working Memory and more.
Cocoa may also significantly improve cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment. It also improves verbal fluency.
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The most effective way to reap this effect would be to eat straight cocoa beans. But if you can’t eat raw cocoa, high-quality dark chocolate will still suffice. The flavanols in 85% dark chocolate are still present enough to have an effect.
Flavanols can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration
Oxidized LDL means that the LDL (“bad” cholesterol) has reacted with free radicals. It lowers the susceptibility of LDL to oxidative damage while increasing HDL and improving insulin sensitivity.
Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may be a cause of cancer, so eating anti-oxidant rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.
In the long term, this should cause much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries and we should see a lower risk of heart disease over the long term.
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