All these statements are backed up by research and surveys, but please have in mind that the best source is raw unprocessed unheated cacao beans or chocolate made with raw unheated cacao beans and other healthy unprocessed ingredients. Do not believe that cheap chocolate from the supermarket with a high amount of sugar can do it for you.
1. PREVENTION OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Chocolate scores well in all researches done for protective effects against heart disease.
- lowering blood pressure
- anti-platelet function
- higher HDL, decreased LDL oxidation
- flavonoid content may reduce risk of cardiovascular mortality
- flavonoid content may reduce risk of CHD mortality.
Research has shown that the antioxidant effects of cacao are helpful in arteriosclerosis. They were supperior to vitamin C, vitamin E and probucol.
3. OXIDATIVE STRESS
Lowering oxidative stress is an issue for anybody with a busy lifestyle, but specially for athletes and people in recovery. The high amount of Magnesium and antioxidants in raw cacao can help lowering the risk in sport injuries as well as shorten up the recovery time of illnesses any kind.
4. CHOCOLATE’S POLYPHENOLS ON BOWEL HEALTH
5. BLOOD SUGAR AND DIABETES
Studies have shown that the dietary intake of raw cacao products has a positive impact on a stable low blood sugar and can help diabetes.
Please find a lot of great article about health and of course, chocolate in Mike Adam’s, the health ranger, site:
Also check out the website of the World Cocoa Foundation: