This comes directly from the one and only wonderful magazine of Oprah Winfrey. I am currently subscribed, and have been enjoying this good read for a couple of years now. I like the large size of the magazine, the photographs which are by the way beautiful, and a mixture of diverse articles. Despite the fact that there are not many articles on fashion, politics, finance, or health, the magazine happens to be well balanced.
The article below is from the Oprah magazine. It is copied word for word. Hey, no copyright issues here, I mentioned the source. Nevertheless, enjoy!
“Didn’t think your sweet treat could get any sweeter? Think again. A growing body of research on flavonols, a type of antioxidant plentiful in cocoa beans, suggests that this guilty pleasure can do wonders for your overall well-being. The delicious benefits:
SHARPER MIND: Harvard research found that when older adults with diabetes or hypertension and impaired blood flow to the brain drank two cups of hot cocoa daily for 30 days, 89 percent saw an improvement in blood flow during testd of memory and thinking skills, suggesting that cocoa may also reverse some of the cognitive changes that come with age or vascular disease.
LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE: A daily dose of dark chocolate may help lower BP. In one small 2014 study, researchers found that when subjects ages 18 to 23 ate about a third of an ounce of dark chocolate (that was more than 75% cocoa) daily for a month, they experienced a decrease in blood pressure and arterial stiffness. Why? Chocolate may improve blood flow by relaxing arteries.
BETTER STRESS CONTROL: If you ofen reach for the sweet stuff when you’re under pressure, don’t beat yourself up. A recent Swiss study found that dark chocolate may help suppress the production of stress hormones from the adrenal glands in anxiety-inducing situations. Consider this permission to keep a little dark chocolate stashed in your desk drawer.”
AND THE EXPERTS SPOKE!
Indulge why don't you!!! It is an order! HE HE HE!
I love to learn in general, but most especially when the topic involves chocolate of course. Who wouldn't? A food that provides you such pleasure, alongside a complete state of calm, why not educate yourself about this wonderful little bean called the cacao. It is not only a superfood but through the eyes of a chocoholic, the perfect food.