The amazing health benefits of dark chocolate

Let food be thy medicine, and when I say that I mean let some of the best most delicious food on this planet be my medicine! 

My love of chocolate started long before I understood the health benefits. President of Chocolate Club at my high school we enjoyed many chocolate treats, getting together to laugh and share, it was always a blast. Years later I got to experience a cocoa ceremony that profoundly healed me in ways I never expected. (Stay tuned, as I will write a blog dedicated on the subject of cocoa ceremony) After the ceremony there was no question in my mind of the benefits of cocoa.

These days I co-host aroma chocolate parties dedicated to sharing the benefits of cocoa and essential oils. Hosting these parties I can see guests eating the chocolate and almost immediately they start to look and feel better. 

Chocolate is packed full of healthy antioxidants that help keep you looking youthful by neutralizing free radicals. Cocoa has an impressive micro-nutrient profile that contains calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium as well as vitamins E, D, C, B, and A. Cocoa is the highest natural magnesium source known to man.

 Research on the health benefits of cocoa

darkchocolatecocoaCarl Keen UC Davis researcher noted “Our work supports the concept that the chronic consumption of cocoa may be associated with an improved cardiovascular health; yet some positive effects can even be observed on an acute basis.” He adds, “Cocoa and presumably other forms of chocolate can be part of a healthy diet”.

According to a new study by Harvard researchers, analysis of 21 studies with 2,575 participants shows that cocoa consumption is associated with decreased blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, and improvement in cholesterol levels, among other benefits.

Eric L. Ding, PhD, of Harvard Medical School says “apparent health benefits come from the polyphenolic flavonoids in cocoa that have the potential to prevent heart disease.” Flavonoid-rich cocoa consumption also was linked to reductions in risk factors for diabetes. Although many of the studies on cocoa support the health benefit, these studies are not considered conclusive proof. Unlike what you will find in stores these studies were also done using cocoa without any sugar added.

Most chocolate found in the store contains dairy, processed sugar, waxes and preservatives; all things that should be left out for top quality chocolates. I highly recommend making your own chocolate at home. The healthiest chocolate treats should contain high amounts of cocoa, 70% or greater.

It’s chocolate so enjoy it

Learn to use this amazing food to tap into a deep level of health and wellness not only for your body, but also for you mind and spirit

 

http://www.medicinehunter.com/cocoa-health-miracle#sthash.lN8DTuBA.dpuf

http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20110323/cocoa-rich-in-health-benefits

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