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      Health perks of eating dark chocolate

      Do you love dark chocolate? Here’s reason to love it more. This is rich in minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc.  The cocoa content is full of antioxidants called flavonoids. Choose dark chocolate that has a content of at least 70% cacao. Go for 20–30 g of dark chocolate per day. It offers many different health benefits too.

      Antioxidants

      Dark chocolate is filled with several compounds which have antioxidant properties, such as flavanols and polyphenols. These provide the benefits of neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress speeds up the aging process and also may play a role in the development of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes, Heart Disease, eye disease and cancer.

      Rich in anti-inflammatory compounds

      Inflammation is the body’s natural immune response when it’s exposed to threats like germs and other harmful substances. However, if inflammation becomes chronic, this is unhealthy and will up the risk for type 2 diabetes, Arthritis, and some types of cancer. Dark chocolate is rich in compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation in the body.

      Lowers blood pressure

      The flavanols in dark chocolate work to boost nitric oxide production in the body. This makes the blood vessels widen and improves blood flow thus lowering blood pressure.

      Insulin resistance

      This is a condition that takes place when the body's cells do not respond to insulin. If this happens, it results in abnormally high levels of glucose which eventually lead to pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Research studies have showed that having dark chocolate every day reduced insulin resistance.

      Improves brain function

      Dark chocolate has the power to improve brain function. Research has shown that it has been helpful in handling neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

       

       

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