Chocolate Helps Lower Blood Pressure, Heart Attacks, Strokes, Diabetes And Cancer

Chocolate Helps Lower Blood Pressure, Heart Attacks, Strokes, Diabetes
And Cancer

Harvard University studied a tribe of Indians known as the Kuna tribe
from a Caribbean Island of Panama who have perfect and balanced blood
pressure and a lower rate of death from heart attacks, strokes,
diabetes and cancer.

The research centered on their diet especially on five cups of cocoa
they drink each day. Since cocoa is highly rich in chocolate, the
research studied the effects of chocolate on their health.

Through the research, they found out that chocolate has a relaxing
effect on blood vessels, which have a better flow of blood due to the
presence of flavanoid. Chocolate is one of the best sources of the
anti-oxidant, flavanoids.

Nitric oxide increases blood flow, acts as a blood thinner and
consuming chocolate free of damaging sugar can help to aid diabetes
since nitric oxide helps to stimulate insulin production.
Flavanoids in chocolate helps to stimulate the production of this nitric oxide.

The finding is backed up by a study published in 2003 in the Journal
of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The research studied 13 people of ages ranging from 55-64 with blood
pressure numbers of 153 over 84. This control group was directed to
consume a 100 gram bar of either dark or white chocolate daily.

The dark chocolate won the one with the highest health benefits as
people who consumed it are the most-healthy after the study.

Other Health Benefits of Chocolate
Chocolate contains healthy nutrients
Chocolate contain nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, zinc and
iron. The cacao bean contains fiber that reduces cholesterol.
Chocolate increases the good cholesterol level HDL-C and reduces
oxidation of bad cholesterol LDL.
Chocolate contains vitamin B, E and copper. Therefore it is known to
help memory retention.

Chocolate helps mood

Phynylethylamine in chocolate raises the serotonin and the dopamine
receptors that control brain chemistry and pain reaction. As a result,
chocolate helps to reduce hunger and improve libido.

However, sugary chocolate is not that healthy for the body. Dark, raw
or organic chocolate or one with low sugar content is one recommended.
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