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Men Need Dark Chocolate Too (Part 2)

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Blood Pressure: Dark Chocolate lowers Blood Pressure.  Dark Chocolate increased nitric oxide in the body.  The favanoids in dark chocolate stimulate the lining of the arteries to produce the nitric oxide.  The nitric oxide then helps the blood vessels to dilate.  This in turn improves blood flow and blood pressure.  The amount of improvement is not great, but every little bit helps.

Cardiovascular Disease: Dark Chocolate lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Because of dark chocolate’s ability to protect against high LDL (Low-density Lipoprotein) levels, this will help to lower the risk of cholesterol that thickens the artery walls and in turn lessen the risk of heart disease.  Several studies have shown vast improvement of the risk of heart disease in elderly men eating dark chocolate over a 15 year period.  Most of these studies resulted with a 50-57% reduction of the cardiovascular risk.

Mood medicine: Dark Chocolate is known as a natural mood medicine.  It has the ability to raise the level of calmness and well being in individuals. Cocoa, found in dark chocolate, boosts brain serotonin (a mood-altering chemical) and it also boosts levels of endorphins(a natural opiate).  Many antidepressant medications work to keep serotonin in the brain longer.  Thank you pharmaceutical companies, I rather  take chocolate instead.  Most women know that they need chocolate at certain times of the month.  What they don’t know is that they need a serotonin boost because the levels of serotonin will decrease during menstruation.  A few years ago I gave up chocolate for Lent.  My husband told me that it was the longest 40 days and 40 nights for him ever.  He also made me pledge to NEVER, NEVER give up chocolate for Lent again.