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Health Benefits-

There are many benefits to chocolate. Such as a high level of antioxidants. Cocoa contains flavanols, a type of flavonoid that is only found in cocoa and chocolate. Flavonoids are a naturally-occurring compounds that occurs in plant foods that act as antioxidants and help counteract free radicals in the body.

       -Blood Pressure Benefits
Dark chocolate has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure.

       -Lower LDL Cholesterol
Eating dark chocolate on a regular basis has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol by as much as 10 percent.

       -Natural Anti-Depressant
Chocolate contains serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. Chocolate also stimulates endorphin production, which creates feelings of happiness and pleasure.

       -Cancer Fighter
Several studies have found chocolate to be one of the best cancer-fighting foods along with foods like red wine, blueberries, garlic, and tea. Two ways that chocolate works as a cancer fighter is by inhibiting cell division and reducing inflammation, though research is ongoing and will probably find additional ways in which chocolate fights cancer.

       -Prevents Tooth Decay
Research has found that the theobromine in chocolate prevents tooth decay by eliminating streptococcus mutants, a bacteria found in the oral cavity that contributes to tooth decay.

       -High in Magnesium
Cacao is higher in magnesium than any other plant. Magnesium is an important mineral that helps in the regulation of the digestive, neurological, and cardiovascular systems. Since many people are magnesium deficient, adding magnesium-rich dark chocolate to the diet can improve overall health.

       -Artery Cleanup
Studies have shown that the antioxidants in cacao can reduce or get rid of plaque found in arteries.

      -Brain Health
Many studies have shown that dark chocolate is good for the brain. Research has proven that it can protect the brain after a stroke by shielding the nerve cells from further damage. Dark chocolate has also been found to improve memory. A chemical found naturally in chocolate called epicatechin has been proven to improve memory.

* Dark Chocolate is distinguished by the percentage of cocoa solids. Seventy percent, Seventy-five percent, or even above Eighty percent for extremely dark bars is true dark chocolate, which holds the health benefits listed above. The higher the percentage, the better the chocolate is for your body. Common terms used to distinguish the cocoa content of dark chocolate bars include bittersweet, semi-sweet, and sweet dark Chocolate.*