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13 Reasons to Love Chocolate

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13 Reasons to Love Chocolate

Forget death by chocolate. More and more research is showing that high quality, dark chocolate (or cocoa or cacao) may actually improve your health. Here are 13 reasons to love chocolate:

1.  Chocolate, cocoa, and cacao are high in the mineral magnesium which is essential for over 500 functions in your body, including:  heart health and muscle function.

2.  Chocolate may reduce the risk of heart failure.  Murray Mittleman and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School studied data on 31,823 middle-aged and elderly Swedish women to assess the relationship between chocolate and heart failure.  The women who consumed an average of one to two servings (that’s a fairly small amount) of high-quality, cocoa-rich chocolate per week had a 32 percent lower risk of experiencing heart failure.  Those women who ate one to three servings a month had a 26 percent lower risk of heart failure.  See my article “Nutrient Slashes Risk of Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Osteoporosis” for more information about how magnesium reduces the risk of many illnesses.

3.  Cocoa and cacao contain plant nutrients called proanthocyanidins. These phytonutrients have been shown in research to protect against carcinogens and nervous system toxins.

4.  It lowers blood pressure in people whose blood pressure is high, according to a meta-analysis study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Keep reading to discover the surprising benefits of chocolate for the brain…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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9:36PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

12:37PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

This is good news for me because I love dark chocolate in moderation of course!

11:12AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Dont eat much chocolate...most of it is loaded with junk and those that claim to be pure...must be questioned

2:07PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

All chocolate should be slavery free.

To help make that happen, please sign my petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/431/525/548/sell-slavery-free-chocolate/

8:56AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Thanks.

9:38AM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

I love it but it hurts my teeth. All sweets tend to

7:23PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

not a chocolate fan but if I have to eat it it must be dark

11:05AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Yes

1:06PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

YES!!

7:32AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thank you!

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