New Delhi: Chocolates are not just good for gifts, it has many health benefits that you don’t know about. Chocolate can be surprisingly beneficial for your health. It can make you feel better instantly.
Lots of studies reveal that the flavonoids in chocolate can help your veins and arteries to stay supple. Over 7 studies followed 114,000 participants who were given a few servings of dark chocolate a week.
Research has shown that when elderly people were given specially prepared cocoa extracts which were high in flavanols, their cognitive function greatly improved.
The Journal of Nutrition carries an interesting article about the results of a study done to determine whether dark chocolate could have any effect on LDL cholesterol levels. They found that when subjects were given bars of dark chocolate with plant sterols and flavanols, they were getting lower scores on their cholesterol levels.
Another magical flavanol in chocolate is epicatechin. Mice were given this substance and they were much fitter and stronger than those mice on water only. Researchers say that to get the best results from your workout you have to limit the amount to only about half of one square of chocolate a day.
Lowers blood pressure
You may not know it but having the right amount of NO (Nitric Oxide) in your body can help your arteries to relax. That will, in turn, help to take some of the pressure off them and the result is a lower BP count.