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For The Love of Chocolate

When it comes to Valetine’s Day, there are three gifts that come quickest to mind: flowers, jewelry, and chocolate. Truffles, dipped strawberries, beautifully boxed caramels – there is seemingly no end these days to the options you can find.

When it comes to your health, did you know that chocolate can play a negative or positive role? That all depends on the choices you make. Let’s break this down.

Chocolate has a myriad of health benefits:

  • The antioxidants in dark chocolate have been show to lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation and lessen clotting risks.

  • The flavanols in chocolate can improve blood flow to the skin and help protect it from the sun (but SPF is still a must!)

  • The improved blood flow chocolate promotes can also improve brain function, as does its caffeine content. Though it is a simulant, it can actually help with focus and concentration.

  • Dark chocolate has positive effects on blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity to it can he helpful in the prevention of diabetes. If you are diabetic, you should still keep the dosage small – perhaps an ounce a day.

Did I mention that moderate amounts of dark chocolate can aide in weigh loss? Read this full article at: (spoiler alert: it includes links to some great chocolates!)

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