It can mend a broken heart, lift your spirits and bring lovers together with its aphrodisiac qualities. Chocolate, as we know, is an emotional, feel-good snack, but what experts can’t seem to agree on is chocolate’s positive health benefits. As studies continue examining the effects of indulging in this sweet substance, we’ll continue to support the old and new-age theories of chocolate’s goodness. In moderation, chocolate has been thought to support a healthy heart, mood and prevent certain illnesses. Here are 10 illnesses you can cure or prevent with chocolate:

  • High Blood Pressure
    Chocolate and cocoa contain flavanols, which have both antioxidant qualities and heart-healthy qualities. One of the vascular benefits of eating flavanols is lowering blood pressure.
  • High Cholesterol
    When consuming chocolate, you’re ingesting flavanoids which have major antioxidant power known to lower the bad kind of cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol. Oxidized LDL-cholesterol damages the arteries and can increase your chances of heart disease or heart attack.
  • Liver Disease
    Liver disease patients can snack on chocolate because its antioxidant-rich compounds have been found to reduce high blood pressure in the liver and reduce damage to liver blood vessels.
  • Diabetes
    Eating dark chocolate in moderation has been found to improve processing of blood sugar, which may reduce the risk of diabetes.
  • Stress
    Chocolate has mood enhancing qualities, as well as stress-busting benefits. Experts have found that chocolate may the ticket to reducing levels of unwanted stress hormones, resulting in happier, healthier people.
  • Coughs
    Got a persistent cough? Experts have found that theobromine, a compound found in cocoa, can reduce a cough, by affecting the sensory nerve endings of the vagus nerve that run through the airways in the lungs.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Instead of drinking a soda or coffee when you feel fatigued, eat a square of chocolate to boost your energy level. In small doses, the caffeine in chocolate will give you a healthy jolt of energy to prevent chronic fatigue.
  • Blood Clots
    Those who eat chocolate have been found to have slower clumping of blood platelets, which aids in the prevention of blood clots that can cause a heart attack.
  • Stroke
    The flavanol compound found in chocolate, called epicatechin, has been found to guard against the damage of a stroke.
  • Cancer
    While chocolate isn’t going to cure cancer, it may have preventative benefits like reducing cell damage that can cause tumor growth.

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