3 Ways Dark Chocolate Can Improve Heart Health

Did you know dark chocolate can be good for your heart?

I’m not talking candy bars here. We’re talking about Dark Chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. As with anything regarding your health, quality is key and choose organic when possible.

 Here’s the nutritional break down for just 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate:

10 grams of fiber

120 mg of Magnesium

7 mg of Iron

50 mg of Calcium

600 Calories

…and so obviously, you don’t want to make a meal out of JUST dark chocolate but adding it here and there is a good source of nutrition that can improve your health.  Here are 3 Ways Dark Chocolate Improve Cardiovascular Health.

  1. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants take care of damaging particles in the body and keep us from getting sick. It’s loaded with polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins – all powerful antioxidants. Some studies have shown dark chocolate to rival the antioxidant properties of blueberries, specifically, the polyphenols.
  2. Dark chocolate may improve your cholesterol numbers. Dark chocolate has been shown to decrease LDL (the bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (the good cholesterol). The LDL is bad because it has worked with the free radicals…see antioxidants above.
  3. Dark chocolate Lower Blood Pressure. The flavanols in dark chocolate can help the arteries make Nitric Oxide which reduces the resistance to blood flow in the arteries. This lowers the pressure. Now, be cautious, the effect of this is mild. So, if you have very high blood pressure and/or are medicated for it, dark chocolate could be an adjunct but not a main treatment.

 In summary, adding a little dark chocolate to your life can help improve your Cardiovascular Health. Do this in moderation, like so many things, but chocolate doesn’t have to be something to cut from your diet. And when you add it, make sure it is good quality and just enjoy it!

 

 

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