Chocolate health benefits Include having the highest antioxidant and magnesium mineral content of any fruit or nut.
The magnesium mineral is one of the most important minerals that your body needs to function at its best and most Americans are deficient.
Our foods our grown in very deficient soil which has helped to produce this particular mineral deficiency.
And besides having magnesium, chocolate has some of the best brain chemicals which help give you that feeling of bliss or "inlove feeling".
The benefits of chocolate make it one of the most "fun and tasty" health foods around!
Real chocolate has more antioxidant flavonoids than any known food on this planet.
Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals. These antioxidants also reduce blood clotting and improve circulation.
And the more unprocessed and low temperature treated - the more antioxidants chocolate will contain.
For example: Dark chocolate has quite a bit more antioxidant flavonoids than milk chocolate.
And because dark chocolates do not contain any milk products, it only takes a little bit of this type of chocolate to receive these antioxidant health benefits.
This food is an excellent source of the magnesium mineral. We need magnesium for many of the body's functions such as balancing brain chemistry.
This could be the reason why women crave chocolate more during their menstrual cycle.
The magnesium mineral is also known as the anti-stress mineral and will help your muscles to relax.
Approximately 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium which is also needed for the regulation of your heartbeat and blood pressure.
Chocolate or cacao is comprised mainly of saturated fats as well as monounsaturated fat. It does contain a little bit of omega 6 fatty acids which are also considered essential fatty acids.
The monounsaturated fat in cacao is called oleic acid. Olive oil also contains this type of heart healthy monounsaturated fat.
Also, the saturated fats found in cacao does not appear to raise bad cholesterol levels.
Keep in mind that highly-processed chocolate will not contain many of these types of chocolate health benefits.
Two fun chocolate facts are the important brain chemicals found in this food which are phenylethylamine and anandamide.
Phenylethylamine gives you the same feeling as falling-in-love. It also increases alertness and focus.
And chocolate increases the level of Anandamide in your brain and this gives you a feeling of relaxation and bliss.
You don't need a lover, just eat some chocolate - Just kidding!