Health Benefits of Cocoa/Chocolate
Cocoa products such as cocoa powder and dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure, improve your gut health, and speed your recovery from exercise. While cocoa butter contains polyphenols that have been shown to help diminish signs of aging, plus soothe sensitive skin suffering from dermatitis or rashes. So why should you adopt cocoa products into your health and wellness routine?
- Consuming cocoa flavanols improves the function of blood vessels and lowers blood pressure, especially in people with high blood pressure. The optimal dose for these effects is about 710 mg cocoa flavanols.
- People who eat more chocolate seem to have lower risks of strokes, heart attacks, and coronary heart disease.
- Cocoa has small positive effects on a range of metabolic health outcomes, including bodyweight, blood sugar control, and blood lipids.
- Cocoa is a “prebiotic”, increasing numbers of microorganisms in the gut that are generally considered “healthy” and reducing numbers of pathogenic microorganisms.
- Cocoa protects against excessive exercise-induced oxidative stress and might be particularly helpful for physical function in people with poor cardiovascular health.
- Cocoa Butter contains polyphenols which are types of antioxidants that promote health both internally when eaten and when used topically on the skin. Cocoa’s polyphenols have been found to fight various chronic diseases, degeneration of the skin, sensitivities and even cell mutations. The high antioxidant content in cocoa butter helps fight off free-radical damage to the skin. Free radicals can cause skin aging, dark patches, and dull skin. Protecting your skin from free-radical damage is a must if you want to keep it healthy and youthful-looking.
- Cocoa butter is also anti-inflammatory, which is another way it helps your skin resist the ravages of time.
So pass me the chocolate, please ;-)
When you combine the taste of cocoa, the diversity of cocoa products, and the effects of cocoa intake on health, it really is pretty super, isn’t it?