Dark chocolate is beneficial to heart health as well as being a rich source of antioxidants.
Many studies have been conducted in the past few years on the health benefits of dark chocolate. Researchers are linking flavonoid-rich dark chocolate with heart health because cocoa contains a rich supply of antioxidants called phenols--natural chemicals found in plant products that may stop the oxidation of LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) commonly known as "bad" cholesterol. These antioxidants bind with free radicals in our system and change them into non-damaging compounds.
The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) rating for dark chocolate is 4 or 5 times higher than other antioxidants such as raisins, blueberries, blackberries, and kale. The rating for milk chocolate is a little more than half that of dark chocolate. More studies are being conducted but general nutrition facts these days include the information that pure quality chocolate may help your body absorb and eliminate harmful free radicals that cause aging and health problems.
Links to Places to buy Dark Chocolate
24K Chocolate - This site offers organic dark chocolate containing 58% cocoa solids for high flavanol
content. Choices include "His Teasers" enhanced with herbs for men's
health or "Her Teasers" enhanced for women's health. These
are individually wrapped 9 gram squares of dark chocolate. The product
information page is well hidden so look carefully at the very bottom of
the Products/Shop page for the
tiny "Online Shopping" link and check out their 24K Chocolate products.
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