Chocolate is enjoyed by people of all ages. Are you a senior citizen who enjoys this sweet treat? Chocolate with high cocoa content (at least 60 per cent) has many benefits when consumed in moderation. Here are some great reasons to indulge.
Chocolate is good for your heart
Chocolate, specifically cocoa, contains flavonoids. These plant pigments have a positive impact on cardiovascular health. Flavonoids help reduce inflammation, which can be a risk factor for heart attacks. They also help lower bad cholesterol which helps to prevent high blood pressure.
Chocolate feeds the brain
Cocoa is a source of antioxidants. Antioxidants stimulate the brain to help combat the cellular aging responsible for certain diseases like Alzheimer’s. Cocoa also contains minerals that help slow cognitive decline.
Chocolate improves mood
Chocolate has anti-depressant properties due to components like tyramine, theobromine and phenylalanine. If you let the chocolate melt in your mouth, it increases levels of mood-boosting hormones, like dopamine and serotonin.
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