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Feb 9, 2024

Happy Chocolate Day: Unmissable benefits of chocolate, as per science

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Chocolate Day 2024

Chocolate Day is the third day of the Valentines Week and celebrated on February 9.

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Here are the benefits of having dark chocolates, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine citing research.

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Improves heart health

The heart's blood pressure, clotting risk, and blood circulation are all reduced by the antioxidants in dark chocolate, which also lowers the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, and heart disease-related death.

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Fights diabetes

Epicatechin in dark chocolate supports the processes that help the body to use insulin better, which might prevent or combat diabetes.

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Balances immune system

Flavonols prevent the immune system from going into overdrive and reduce oxidative stress, which is an imbalance caused by cells fighting against free radicals

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Reduces stress

Dark chocolate reduces the stress hormone cortisol, studies have shown.

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Helps you exercise

Epicatechin helps in the reduction of the amount of oxygen an athlete uses while engaged in moderately intense exercise and helps to maintain workout intensity.

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Improves brain function

Flavonols in dark chocolate have a positive impact on brain function, including better reaction time, visual-spatial awareness and stronger memory, says Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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