Isn’t it good when something that seems decadent is really good for you? As always, the caveat is “in moderation,”. Even so…. Dark chocolate has been shown to raise serotonin levels (the happiness hormone) in the brain. Note the emphasis on dark chocolate though –. The highly processed milk chocolate or white chocolate unfortunately don’t confer the same benefits 🙁
This article from Collective Evolution highlights the top 5 benefits of dark chocolate…
1. High Levels Of Antioxidants And Minerals
Did you know that chocolate has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any other food in the world? Yes, it's definitely a superfood. Antioxidants help to protect the body from free radicals that can cause cancer. Dark chocolate is also loaded with minerals such as: iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, fibre, phosphorous, zinc. Selenium.
2. Relieves Stress
As mentioned above, dark chocolate helps to increase levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which acts as an antidepressant and can lower levels of stress. A study performed by scientists in Switzerland determined that the chemical compounds found in dark chocolate play a key role in improving the stress levels of people who are prone to high stress levels…
See all top 5 benefits on the Collective-Evolution site.
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