On our chocri blog, we often cover the (pretty frequent) news stories about the links between consumption of high-quality chocolate and improvements in health. (You can see all the posts on this subject under our "Health" tag.)

chocolate increases lifespanA recent article in Britain's Daily Mail gathered up a few of the myriad health benefits associated with (mostly dark) chocolate in a recent article. First up were cardiovascular perks related to a diet featuring chocolate:

"Research undertaken at the University of Aberdeen shows that flavanols, a form of antioxidant present in chocolate with a high cocoa mass, help prevent the activation of platelets in the blood, which contribute to heart disease... Another study conducted in Dusseldorf and at the University of California at Davis suggests consumption of flavanols can even reverse some of the artery damage caused by smoking.

And last year Professor Carl Keen, of the University of California, reported that eating small amounts of chocolate could have as powerful an anti-clotting effect on the blood as taking aspirin."

The article goes on to list effects of chocolate measured on the immune system (generally boosting it), cognitive function (improving memory and attention span), and stress levels (decreasing stress hormones), among other things. You can read the post in its entirety here. And if you're interesting in multi-tasking chocolate that tastes good and is good for you, you can find a few options to fit that criteria under our Recommended Creations.


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