In Moderation: Chocolate for Health By Dr. Provorse
Anti-Oxidant Properties Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, which are destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments.
Lowers Blood Pressure A 2003 report in The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that dark chocolate lowers high blood pressure.
Improves Mood Chocolate contains a compound, phenylethylamine (PEA) that is a precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. The brain produces high amounts of PEA during infatuation, when people feel like they are falling in love. A number of studies have shown PEA to improve depression.
The Health Myths of Chocolate:
- “Chocolate causes acne”
Overactive oil glands, heredity, dead skin cells that lodge in skin pores and hormonal changes– when combined with poor liver detoxication- are what makes one vulnerable acne.
- “Chocolate causes headaches”
While some people are sensitive to cocoa and or dairy (in milk chocolate) and should therefore not consume it, there has been research showing that typically chocolate does not provoke migraine headaches.
- “Chocolate causes dental cavities”
If a high-grade dark chocolate is consumed in small quantities, dental caries may actually be prevented, according to one study. It is the high sugar content of milk chocolate or other candies that predispose one to decay.