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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Benefits

Valentine’s Day is known as the holiday of love but it is also a popular day for chocolate to be eaten. Did you know that eating chocolate may actually benefit your overall health? Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants including polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins. Some of the benefits include:

May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure
As stated above dark chocolate contains flavonoids. The flavonoids are known as flavanols. They are the ones that produce Nitric Oxide. The Nitric Oxide then sends signals to the arteries telling them to relax, causing the improvement of blood flow.

Good for Your Skin
Once again the flavanols are the key antioxidant in this situation. They protect your skin again sun-induced damage, improve the blood flow to your skin, and increase your skin hydration.

Improve Your Mood
Dark chocolate contains a high amount of cocoa polyphenols which have been known to create a calmer and happier mood in individuals.

Is Actually Nutritious
With its high cocoa content, dark chocolate has the recommended dietary allowance of Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, and Potassium.

Delicious Taste
This one doesn’t need an explanation.

Chocolate tends to be the favorite gift for Valentine’s Day. Now your loved ones can enjoy it without feeling too guilty.