Friday, March 5, 2010

Chocolate for Skin and Health

Hey all. Today I am going to share the benefits of chocolate for your skin. Ok, I know it may sound frightening and fattening for some of you but lets just read on and you will know what I mean ;)

Chocolate is not only an elixir for love but this comfort food is also great for your skin and health. Studies have shown that chocolates particularly plain dark ones contain a surprising number of ingredients beneficial to your health provided you consume in moderation. Too much of anything is bad. Ok, lets just put aside the fear and guilt of those high sugar and calories that will make us fat and explore benefits you can reap when you indulge in your favorite chocolate.

Benefit No.1 : It delays premature ageing
Do you know that cocoa contains antioxidants nearly twice in red wine and up to 3 times that in green tea? Yes and chocolate is a cocoa based product that can protect against free radicals that cause cancer, ageing, atherosclerosis and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's because cocoa beans are rich in flavanols, part of a family of antioxidant flavonoids. So, if you want to get more of that antioxidant benefits, choose dark chocolates because dark chocolates have higher cocoa content and 8 times more antioxidants than strawberries!

Benefit No. 2 : It is full of goodness
Chocolates, when taken in moderation provide essential elements that are beneficial to our health such as Vitamin A, B1, C, D and E as well as iron, potassium and calcium. It also improves heart, joint problems and pre-menstrual tension thanks to the natural ultra rich source of magnesium in cocoa powder.

Benefit No. 3 : It makes your day!
Last but not least, chocolates make us happy. Eating chocolates can improve our moody state because cocoa contains phenylethylamine and serotonin which trigger the release of endorphins or better known as feel-good chemicals in the brain to "lift" to your mental state. Hence, it is understandable why some of us love to grab a bar when we are feeling awful.

Then again, despite the above benefits, chocolates may cause acne breakout for some us. Yes, it does for me too. If chocolates give you acne, try to limit your intake of this yummy and comfort food.
For chocolate lovers, please bear in mind that although chocolates are delicious and nutrient rich, it is also high in sugar and calories, thus do not gobble it down too much! Always aim for a healthy and balanced diet. Remember that when it comes to any good things or anything you fancy, self-control is very important. When you limit your intake of chocolate, you will notice that pleasure in every bite is even sweeter.

Have a sweet day and I will post again pretty soon. Check out my next post on the review for breast enlargement pump =)

*Kisses & Hugs*

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