HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE
Cocoa has nearly twice as many antioxidants as red wine, and up to three times as many as green tea. The belief is that antioxidants may slow down or even prevent the development of certain diseases, ageing and reduce blood pressure. Chocolate contains 4 essential ingredients that make it one of the superfoods:
1. Magnesium: For the heart to be at its peak performance, it requires two minerals more than any other, magnesium and potassium. Cacao, of course, is a fantastic food source of heart-supporting magnesium.
2. Antioxidants: According to research, cacao beans are super-rich in antioxidant flavonols. Cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food.
3. Phenylethylamine: is a chemical in cacao that increases the activity of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) in parts of the brain that control our ability to pay attention and stay alert.
4. Anti-Depressant Properties of Cacao: Cacao is also a great source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine, three well-studied neurotransmitters, which help alleviate depression. Cacao also contains anandamide which delivers blissful feelings and B vitamins, which are associated with brain health. Cacao is a natural prozac!