The Benefits of Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most beloved and commonly consumed sweets in the world, but now it may even have a medicinal anti-aging benefit more powerful than any other food source. 

 

  • Firms the skin - The caffeine present in chocolate stimulates the circulation and improves blood flow. This in turn improves and invigorates skin cells, decreases the aging process and increases firmness of the skin, it is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish skin 

 

  • Rich in anti-oxidants - The darker the chocolate, the more powerful are the antioxidant properties. Antioxidants also help increase the level of collagen and elastin in the skin and thereby reduce the effects of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles can be treated with regular chocolate treatments as antioxidants lessen the damage caused by free radicals in the body.

 

  • As a moisturizing agent - Cocoa butter contains high amounts of natural oils and emollients necessary for treating dry, rough and flaky skin. A chocolate massage or chocolate body wrap using a cocoa-butter based massage cream will help remedy rough skin especially on those stubborn spots such as the elbows, knees and feet. 

 

  • Good for health - Studies have shown that eating a small bit of dark chocolate every day can improve your cardiovascular system, and help prevent atherosclerosis and chronic fatigue due to its antioxidant properties. Chocolate also has the power to improve a person’s mood and cause feelings of euphoria. Even the smell of chocolate can accomplish this positive effect on the brain; making chocolate massages an ideal way reap the health benefits of without any of the guilt associated with eating too much chocolate.

 

  • Good for cellulite - Chocolate contains theobromine that helps burn fat and get rid of cellulite.

 

  • Calming effects - Who hasn’t calmed down after biting into a chunk of chocolate? In much the same way, a chocolate massage helps reduce stress and tension and eases tight and sore muscles.

  • Dark chocolate also contains a vast amount of antioxidants, which are great for promoting heart health, decreasing the risk of infection, and fighting free radicals in the body. The cocoa tree is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. This means that its fruits and the cocoa pods also have antioxidant properties. Many studies have shown dark chocolate to have a higher amount of antioxidants than blueberries or Acai berries.

  • Research has shown that the activity of the antioxidants in dark chocolate can prevent cell damage caused by accumulated waste in the body. Preventing cell damage means preventing inflammation and oxidation in the body—both of these conditions put you at a higher risk of developing cancer. Therefore, adding a bit of dark chocolate to your anti-aging diet can inadvertently prevent cancer.

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  • A study out of the U.K. found that when participants added 20 grams a day of flavanol-rich dark chocolate to their anti-aging diet, their skin was better able to tolerate harmful UV rays—UV damage is one of the biggest causes of wrinkles.

  • A release of endorphins in your body is associated with feeling euphoric and stress-free. So, dark chocolate in your anti-aging diet can actually serve as a natural anti-depressant. When you eat a small amount of dark chocolate as part of your anti-aging diet, it triggers an increase in your body’s level of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects mood.A release of endorphins in your body is associated with feeling euphoric and stress-free. So, dark chocolate in your anti-aging diet can actually serve as a natural anti-depressant.

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