|1. More Nutritious
Unprocessed dark chocolate manufactured (standardized) for potency and purity is an excellent replacement for other candies (including white and mild chocolate).
2. Contains Fiber
Fiber aids the body’s digestive system, carrying proper nutrients and eliminating wastes. Also, this chocolate ha “no trans-fatty acids.”
3. Balances Cholesterol
Quality dark chocolate may help balance good and bad cholesterol. These nuggets of health have no cholesterol.
4. Contributes to Weight Loss
A recent study found that chocolate suppresses appetite. It also helps prevent the body from taking the fat in our diets and putting it in fatty cells. In addition, because of its mood elevating chemicals, people feel more energy and want to exercise more. Because
of this combination they continue to lose weight.
5. Chock-Full of Antioxidants
Chocolate, Acai Berry and Blueberry are loaded with free radical scavengers – or antioxidants. A nugget or square has an impressive ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) reading of 3.120. Acai contains 25 times the antioxidants of grapes.
"If you want health grade chocolates, look for a product that is at lease 60 percent cocoa solids by weight."
~ James O'Keefe, MD
The Forever Young Diet and Lifestyle
6. Builds Cells
This blend is loaded with protein and amino acids, blended with and carried by plant fibers for maximum absorbency.
If you have high blood pressure, a daily bar-sized serving of flavonol-rich dark chocolate might lower your blood pressure and improve insulin resistance, researchers report in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.
7. Reduces Blood Pressure
In the same study, participants enjoyed a twelve point reduction in systolic (top) blood pressure.
8. Lowers Bad Cholesterol
The study also showed and average 13% drop in the LDL (bad) cholesterol level.
9. Strengthens Blood Vessels
Dark chocolate improved the health of blood vessels in study participants by making arteries more relaxed and responsive.
10. Improves Insulin Levels
The measurement of sensitivity (predisposition to diabetes) was also improved in the patients.
“These benefits were attributed to the presence of high levels of beneficial anti-aging flavonoids in dark chocolate.”
11. Supplies the Body with Crucial Minerals
Magnesium is essential in over 300 biological reactions in the body, and important for energy production. Heart, nerves, muscle functions, bone health, and blood clotting are dependent upon adequate magnesium.
“A high magnesium intake lowers blood pressure and reduces risk of heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis.”
12. Scavenges Free Radicals
Free radicals are unbalanced atoms or molecules (they are missing electron). They go on a rampage and destroy anything they touch. Phyto-nutrients like flavonoids found in acai, attack as free radical scavengers. They aid the body in millions of ways.
“... Mother Nature has provided us with some very impressive defense compounds called antioxidants, which have the capability to protect us from the perils of oxidants or free radicals as they are so called."
~Paul Barney, M.D.
13. Restores Antioxidant Power
Many antioxidants become weakened or are destroyed, BUT powerful antioxidants found in dark chocolate repair and strengthen the whole antioxidant network. In order for an antioxidant to be considered “powerful” or “super” they must meet the following criteria: (1) stop oxidative chain reactions – even in small dosages; (2) repair other weakened antioxidants; and (3) restore these antioxidants without becoming weakened themselves.
14. Fights Back
As pathogens, antigen, mutagens and carcinogens enter the body or are created by the body’s own metabolism, they wreak havoc on cell membranes, and mitochondrial DNA (15 times more susceptible to DNA damage than the nucleus DNA). Acai’s phytonutrients fight back, slowing down or eliminating oxidative stress.
15. Rich in Fiber and Iron
Acai berries are very rich in iron and fiber and are strongly recommended for elderly people with digestive problems.
16. Cleanses and Detoxifies
The acai berry has been used for centuries in folk medicine as a way of cleansing and detoxifying he body.
17. Helps Fight Cancer
The phyto-chemicals in the flavonoids (polyphenols) of the acai berry and blueberry are anti-mutagenic, first by fighting off cancerous causing attacks; second, by strengthening the immune system. Other potential physiological effects of anthocyamins include radiation protection, chem0-protection, vaso-protection and anti-inflammatory agents.
18. Fights Cellular Mutation
The powerful antioxidants (water soluble) enter the cell and float in the liquid, attacking free radicals and other pollutants, including parasitic waste. They protect both the nucleic DNA and the Mitochondrial DNA.
19. Strengthens Memory
a long list of diseases are now associated with free radicals, none more insidious then those that cause Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, etc. Good cells die from lack of proper nutrition. Cells mutate from free radical attacks. The grouping of phytonutrients helps this battle. It also helps with mental clarity and cognition.
20. Filled with Essential Oils
Oils are an array of incredibly small particles which bind with other nutrients and transport them through membranes. Our bodies would not work without them. They not only transport, but contain phytochemicals themselves.
21. Strengthens the Heart and Inhibits Platelet Formation
Many of these phytoceuticals strengthen the heart muscles, strengthen blood vessel walls, and inhibit platelet formation (atherosclerosis) helping prevent edema, strokes, and heart failure. The strong polyphenols clean and clear the arteries.
22. Boosts Sense of Well Being
Xanthines found in chocolate create a sense of well-being. Theobromine opens the lungs and increases flow in blood vessels. It calms nerves and has a little stimulatory effect to give some additional energy without the addictive and negative stimulatory effects of caffeine
“Antioxidants in chocolate may help protect against cancer, dark chocolate has been found to moderate blood pressure, and other ingredients elevate mood.”
“Those with high blood pressure who ate a 3.5-ounce dark chocolate bar daily for 15 days were rewarded with lower blood pressure, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and improved sugar metabolism, discovered researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts in Boston.”
”Over a 15 year period, men who ate cocoa regularly had significantly lower blood pressure… men who consumed the highest amount of cocoa were half as likely to die from cardiovascular disease … men who ate the most cocoa were less likely to die from ANY cause.”
"... Great news! Research suggsts chocolate to be good for you ... (Dark chocolate contains flavonoids...")
“…new evidence suggests that a moderate amount of dark chocolate, particularly … cocoa …, may be sweet for the cardiovascular system…”
US News & World Report
“Eating dark chocolate appears to bring down blood pressure in people with hypertension…”
New York Times
“Chocolate can protect against tooth decay, researchers have found.”
“Eating dark chocolate could help control diabetes and blood pressure, Italian experts say.”
“So think of chocolate as brain food.”
“…eating dark chocolate appears to improve the function of important cells lining the wall of blood vessels for at least three hours…”