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So Valentine's Gifts, Here Are 7 Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate

(Illustration of valentine's chocolate) So Valentine's Gifts, Here Are 7 Benefits of Eating Chocolate for Health


(Illustration of valentine’s chocolate) So Valentine’s Gifts, Here Are 7 Benefits of Eating Chocolate for Health

NOVA.id – Valentine’s Day is synonymous with flowers and chocolates.

Usually, we make flowers or chocolates as gifts to give to someone we love on Valentine’s Day.

Being one of the favorite foods of many people, chocolate actually has a lot of benefits, you know!

Reporting from Real Buzz, here are 7 benefits that we will feel from consuming chocolate, especially dark chocolate.

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1. Lose weight

Neurologist Will Clower says that eating a piece of dark chocolate 20 minutes before and five minutes after eating can reduce appetite by up to 50 percent.

According to Clower, this happens because chocolate triggers a hormone that tells the brain that “I’m full.”

However, keep in mind that this only applies to cacao rich dark chocolate. While milk chocolate will increase our blood sugar levels.

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2. Improve brain function

Chocolate lovers are usually the smartest people.

Yes, chocolate can improve brain function thanks to the flavanol content in it.

Researchers even tested its efficacy with Alzheimer’s patients. In a trial published by Nature Neuroscience, it was found that “a high flavanol intervention was found to improve dentate gyrus (DG) function” – DG is a region of the brain where “function decreases with respect to human aging”.

Even though the study says flavanols have the potential to help people with Alzheimer’s, they cannot prevent the disease.

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3. Make skin more beautiful

Without us knowing it, flavonoids act as UV light filters that can protect us from sun damage.

Even so, that doesn’t mean we have to save on using sunscreen. We should still use it especially if it is out in the sun.

What’s more, as we all know very well, dark chocolate is a great stress reliever, which also helps to keep skin young, fresh and wrinkle-free.

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4. The most delicious natural medicine

Dark chocolate is a disease-fighting drug, with evidence showing that its high antioxidant content has the potential to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and increase blood flow.

The flavanols found in dark chocolate are believed to stimulate the endothelium (lining of the arteries) to produce nitric oxide, which in turn relaxes the arteries and, consequently, lowers blood pressure.

This relaxing effect may be minimal, but it helps a little.

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5. Increase energy

A recent study from Kingston University London suggests that dark chocolate can benefit athletes.

Thanks to dark chocolate’s ability to increase blood flow (and in turn, carry oxygen to muscles at a higher rate), those involved in this project were able to cycle further and faster.

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6. Make a long life

To date, Jeanna-Louise Calment is the oldest person who has ever lived, which is 122 years.

Apparently he likes chocolate. Keeping in mind all the health benefits of dark chocolate, there is a strong possibility that the antioxidant attack from chocolate helped her reach that age.

Apart from that, the rumor is that he is also a fan of olive oil and rides his bike. It’s a combination that clearly keeps him fit well into the age of 122.

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7. Make you happy

Science agrees that chocolate makes happiness.

It’s not that it tastes good, but there are chemical components in chocolate that make it unbearable, such as phenylethylamine – an organic compound that when released into the body can induce feelings similar to falling in love.

It also acts as an antidepressant when combined with dopamine, which is naturally present in the brain.

In addition, there is also the content of theobromine and tryptophan. This content can cause feelings of happiness.

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