Flavonoid is found to be a healthy ingredients found in chocolate. It can be found in both processed chocolate and cocoa, raw and evern dairy products.
This flavonoid contained in dark chocolate,similar to those of green tea, has long been used by traditional healers as a medicine and healing remedy.
base on the results of these some research studies into the possible health benefits of flavonoid, the antioxidants contained in dark chocolate may have the following important health benefits:
- The potential to lower blood pressure
- Improved blood circulation
- Lower levels of heart disease
- Improved function of the cells which line the blood vessels
- The ability to defend the body against the destructive molecules known as free radicals. These free radicals are thought to help trigger serious diseases such as heart disease, stroke and even some forms of cancer.
- Improved digestion
- boost the immune system
- help prevent heart disease and other chronic problems.
- good source of magnesium and copper
- reduce the amount of LDL(bad) cholesterol in the body by 10%.
- improve the congeniality and sexuality
- believe to cure malarial infections.
Surprising, this antioxidants found in most dark chocolate can be used to treat patients suffering from anemia, kidney stones and poor appetite, adding even more to the health benefits of this delicious food.
At the same time, while considering the possible health benefits, it is important to keep in mind that it contains two different kinds of flavonoids – catechin and epicatechins.
Catechins are known to be present in abundant quantities in cocoa, and in minimally processed chocolates as well. Dark chocolate in particular has been found to contain more than three times the number of catechins as green tea, making it a even more healthier that we are least expecting it to be. The catechins contained in dark chocolate are said to be able to boost the immune system and help prevent heart disease and other chronic problems.
On top of these benefits, it is also known to be a good source of magnesium and copper, which are known to help regulate the blood pressure and heartbeat.
It is also important to keep in mind that the vast majority of the health benefits attributed are limited mainly to dark chocolate, which is quite different than milk chocolate and other varieties. Those people wishing to enjoy the many health benefits of chocolate would do well to limit their consumption of light and white chocolate, and to focus instead on the delicious and slightly bitter treat we know as dark chocolate.
Fortunately for lovers of dark chocolate, the major manufacturers and wholesalers are responding to these well publicized studies by offering more and more to their customers. In addition to existing Special Dark bars, for instance, Hershey has introduced a special line of dark Hershey Kisses, as well as varieties of many of its most popular candy bars. In the future dark chocolate lovers should not have to look too hard for the delicious taste and possible health benefits of their favorite sweet treat.
Readers, please take note : Stuffing yourself with chocolates is not a healthy habit. In particular, sweetened chocolates produce a lot of calories that can increase the fat retention in your body. The healthiest chocolates are those which contain plenty of flavonoids. Commercially sold chocolate bars, besides being sweetened, have varying contents of these substances.