Food of the Gods

Yes we’ve all read stories of the benefits of dark chocolate , but when its scientific  name Theobroma Cacao, actually translates to “food of the gods”  I think it deserves a second  taste,  er..I mean look. We’ve all read that chocolate affects your brain by causing the release of serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, all those happy inducing chemicals, and like coffee (mmmm….mocha), chocolate is also a potent source of polyphenol antioxidants. Here, aside from being delicious,are some of the  benefits of eating chocolate .

According to an article at The Huffington Post chocolate can improve cardiovascular health, which in turn can help your skin look better because of the increased blood flow. One study suggested that chocolate can make you less susceptible to sunburn by blocking UV. And with all that blood circulating to the skin it keeps it hydrated! More hydration less wrinkles!

And the most surprising benefit chocolate can help with is the creation of new mitochondria! Chocolate contains the flavanol epicatechin, necessary for mitogenesis. In two separate studies, senile mice ( how does one actually test a mouse for senility) were given epicatechin , and certain bio-markers shifted towards  those of a much younger mouse.There was also improved muscle performance and less fatigue while exercising.  So go ahead be a god and eat some chocolate!  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-asprey/chocolate-health-benefits

Authored by: Denise Rodriguez

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