Flavonols—the antioxidants found in dark chocolate, may actually help boost circulation according to YouBeauty – an online health and beauty resource founding by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen.
Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., M.S., Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program, and YouBeauty Nutrition Advisor explains, “cocoa contains naturally occurring plant substances called flavonoids that help keep platelets less sticky, decreasing your risk for heart attack or stroke from a clot.” According to Kirkpatrick, dark chocolate relaxes blood vessels, which in turn reduces blood pressure. Several studies suggest that it may also be a feel-good treat that increases production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters.
Dark chocolate also helps combat another Frostie trigger issue: Stress. YouBeauty experts report, “Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin, and fewer wrinkles.”
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