Motivational Monday – Chocolate Is A Girl’s Best Friend

"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!