Dark Chocolate Can Do Wonders – By Dr. Ajeet Singh

Somya Verma

, Health A2Z

There is good news for dark chocolate lovers. Did you know that dark chocolate can do wonders? Let us tell you why eating one cube a day will not do much harm. However, before that, let us also tell you, that “too much of anything” is bad and harmful. Enjoy your dark chocolate with some restrictions. As a heart patient, you are supposed to know the.


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See how Dark Chocolates can do wonders!


We understand that you have already started to make plans for buying some extra dark chocolates. So check out these dark chocolate wonders and thank later!


1) Dark Chocolate can do wonders to manage blood pressure!


If your blood pressure has continued to be high then do not worry. Eating dark chocolate can do wonders to maintain and balance blood pressure. One of the reports of 20 randomized controlled trials published in August 2012 as a Cochrane Review cleared this out in the report.


According to the review, ” people ate about 6 g (1/4 oz) of dark chocolate daily. Researchers compared this group with those who ate the same amount of white chocolate, and dark chocolate was the clear winner. Systolic blood pressure (the top number) in people who ate dark chocolate went down by three points, while diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) went down by two points.”


The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce nitric oxide (NO)



2) Keeping bad Cholesterol in Control? Dark chocolate can do wonders in that


Yeah, you heard it right. Your bad cholesterol is kept in restraint from oxidizing. This is the LDL. On the other hand, dark chocolates increase your HDL level and help in keeping up your heart health.

Dark chocolate improves several important risk factors for disease. It lowers the susceptibility of LDL to oxidative damage while increasing HDL and improving insulin sensitivity.



3) Reduces risk of Heart disease


Except for taking care of your skin, dark chocolates can do wonders with the risk of heart diseases. The compounds in dark chocolate appear to be highly protective against the oxidation of LDL.


In the long term, this should cause much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries. This results in a lower risk of heart disease In fact, several long-term observational studies show fairly drastic improvement.


One of the studies that quoted under Healthline says ” In a study of 470 elderly men, cocoa was found to reduce the risk of death from heart disease by a whopping 50% over a 15 year period “


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4) Mesmerize yourself with the Theobroma seeds


Want to know from where the dark chocolates can do wonders? Well, it is in the seeds!


Seeds of the Theobroma cacao plant, the source of dark chocolate, are rich in active compounds known as antioxidants. Dark chocolate is one of the top 10 dietary sources of antioxidants. Dark chocolate can do wonders with the anti-oxidant property.


A 2010 research in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition says “Dark chocolate is also rich in bioactive flavonols and theobromine, which have positive effects on cells of the heart and blood vessels”.



5) Better Blood Circulation? Get your pack of dark chocolates


Dark chocolates can do wonders with your blood circulation. In a Journal of the American Heart Association, it says ” that eating dark chocolate helped people who have peripheral artery disease (PAD) walk farther and longer.

PAD decreases blood flow to the arms and legs, so patients often have painful cramping and difficulty with exercise, even while walking.

People with PAD in the study who ate 40 g (1.5 oz) of dark chocolate a day were able to walk 11 percent farther and for 15 percent longer than people who ate the same amount of milk chocolate”



6) Be lower at the risk of getting strokes


You must know that with the lowering of LDL, dark chocolate can do wonders with less risk of strokes. As the bad cholesterol is among the most obvious reasons for stroke.

Well, that is one good reason to thank mother nature for this yummy treat. Chocolate in the diet is linked to a lower risk of stroke, according to a Finnish study published in September 2012 in Neurology.


We guess you know what perks of dark chocolate are. Dark chocolate can only do wonders when it is taken in appropriate amounts. So, do not eat it more and keep it low!


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