A study by the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge (United Kingdom) has been published in the prestigious journal Nature, revealing that drinking small amounts of hot chocolate will help you to sleep better at night. The reason for this is that cocoa – the basic ingredient of chocolate – contains magnesium, a fundamental nutrient for regulating our biological clock.
This internal clock that we all have is responsible for our basic bodily functions: sleeping, waking and regulating body temperature. So the magnesium found in chocolate is valuable and it also helps to control energy expenditure. The presence of magnesium in the cells helps to optimize your metabolism and enhances its ability to convert nutrients into energy throughout the day. Therefore, a little chocolate can be the key to performing well the next day.
THE 10 (BIG) BENEFITS OF TAKING A LITTLE DARK CHOCOLATE
1 It is an antidepressant
Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a naturally secreting substance in the brain that causes euphoric effects similar to the feeling in love.
2 Increased satiety
As long as it is consumed in moderation … it can be addictive!
3 Helps lower blood pressure
And improves blood circulation. Dark chocolate produces nitric oxide that helps relax arteries.
4 Improve memory
Several dark chocolate studies show a link with improved cognitive performance and a lower risk of memory losses in older people.
5 Dark chocolate is a natural aphrodisiac
And increases libido, especially in women.
6 Prevents premature skin aging
It makes the skin softer and more resistant to UVA rays, thanks to its high concentration of antioxidants.
7 It has benefits for the heart
Thanks to its powerful antioxidants, such as catechins, epicatechin and procyanidins.
8 It helps tooth enamel
and reduces the risk of fillings.
9 Stimulates the central nervous system
This is due to the fact that it contains theobromine, a substance with similar properties to caffeine.
10 It provides a lot of slow-release energy to the body
Especially when chocolate does not contain sugar.
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