The Easter Chocolate Cure
Posted On Mar 27, 2016
What is Easter without the perfect pastel-colored spring dress, without the vanilla-drizzled French toast, and the egg-shaped chocolates? Well, if you’re a big chocolate fan (guilty) than this Easter just got sweeter for you and me!
A word of caution, not all chocolate was created equal and dark chocolate definitely packs more of a health punch overall.
Be as it may, here are five ways giving in to that chocolate craving can benefit your health. And yes, this is real life.
Reduces Stroke Risk
In 2011, a Swedish study found that women who ate more than 45 grams of chocolate per week had a 20% lower risk of having a stroke than women who treated themselves to fewer than 9 grams of the good stuff.
It Boosts Heart Health
Dark chocolate’s inflammation-fighting properties helps to reduce cardiovascular risks, lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and also aids in lower blood pressure. Oh, that’s heartfelt.
Improves Blood Flow
Cocoa has anti-clotting, blood-thinning properties that can improve blood flow and circulation.
It Improves Vision
Because of chocolate’s ability to improve blood flow, in particular to the brain, it may also increase flow to the retina, thereby giving vision a boost. Life is becoming so clear now…
Can Quiet Coughs
Chocolate has an ingredient called Theobromine. This ingredient seems to reduce activity of the vagus nerve, the area of the brain that triggers those never-ending coughs.
Whoever said chocolate is good for the heart was onto something! Happy Easter!