The Healing Foods Pyramid, created by the University of Michigan’s Integrative Medicine program, emphasizes foods that nourish the body, sustain energy over time and contain healing qualities. Chocolate and its main ingredient, cocoa, appear to reduce risk factors for heart disease. Flavanols in cocoa beans have antioxidant effects that reduce cell damage implicated in heart disease, and also help lower blood pressure and improve vascular function.
Eating dark chocolate decreases the buildup of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, reduces the risk of blood clots, may improve your mood by boosting serotonin levels and regular intake is associated with better cognitive performance in the elderly. It also contains a number of minerals, including calcium, magnesium and potassium.
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