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. Does that mean there could be a chocolate RX for Frosties someday?
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.”
As antioxidants, Flavonols also provide some additional benefits, including: improved skin appearance, helping to fight against UV damage and free radicals (fewer wrinkles and sun spots), and improved skin hydration for a younger appearance. Who knew chocolate could be so good for you!
One caveat: The doctors state that the only chocolate that can deliver these benefits is dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content. But we don’t see that as a negative. Given a choice, wouldn’t you choose premium dark chocolate? But portions matter, too. It’s not all good stuff, as fat and sugar bring calorie trade-offs. You can get the health benefits stated above with just two to three ounces of 70-plus percent dark chocolate a week.
Check out the full article and let us know if a piece of dark chocolate a day helps keep the Raynaud’s attacks away!
Note: We published a follow-up article on the subject of a chocolate RX for Frosties: Guilt-Free Chocolate Benefits for Frosties