"What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate."- Katharine Hepburn
That's right - chocolate! You don't often find people that dislike it, but plenty that love it in varying degrees. Milk, dark, salted, peanut-filled, nibbles or entire bars... Seems most of us crave this treat at least once in a while! But how can chocolate help motivate & inspire aspects of your life other than the sweet tooth?
Check out this fantastic new commercial that DOVE® Chocolate recently released... Then read some of the many benefits to chocolate that we've listed below, and try to convince us chocolate isn't a wonderful thing!
(Video Credit: DOVE® Chocolate)
Regular dark chocolate eaters invite a host of benefits to their bodies. You're not shopping for the sugary stuff on most grocery store shelves - focus in on 75% of higher cocoa content, organic, dark chocolate. Here's the inside scoop...
Dark chocolate has a much higher and wider variety of powerful antioxidants than most other foods, which help the body to fight free radicals
The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the lining of the arteries to produce Nitric Oxide, which relaxes them, in turn lowering blood pressure
It improves several risk factors of heart disease, and even improves insulin sensitivity in the body
One study revealed that eating dark chocolate 2 or more times per week lowered the risk of having calcified plaque in the arteries by 32%
Studies show that the flavanols from cocoa can improve blood flow to the skin and help protect it against sun-induced damage
Cocoa contains stimulant substances like caffeine and theobromine, which improve brain function short term
In scientific terms, eating chocolate is significantly associated with superior "visual-spatial, memory and organization, working memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning and mental exams."
Plus, chocolate just makes you feel good & inpired!