Chocolate contains tryptophan a chemical distributed in the brain. Tryptophan helps produce serotonin. Serotonin makes you happy
According to a 2012 review of all the data regarding the health benefits of chocolate researchers found it can stimulate the lining of arteries to produce more nitric oxide helping them relax. In other words chocolate has vasodilator properties and aids the flow of blood around your veins. This can actually lower blood pressure
Some chocolate particularly dark chocolate is packed with anti oxidants vitamins microelements and flavonolds. These improve blood flow to the skin increase density and hydration and help protect against sun damage.
Good chocolate can fulfill your deepest darkest fantasies and sweet cravings which means you can lay off the junk. According to newroscientist Will Clower one small square of chocolate before a meal triggers the hormones that tell the brain that you’re full helping to prevent overeating and snacking.
According to studies at Harvard Madical School chocolate improves blood flow to parts of the brain and therefore cognitive function. The flavonoids magnesium and a cocoa extract called lavado can help prevent nerve damage and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients. They also improve memory retention in general particularly for the over 70’s.
The antioxidants in chocolate actually help to slow the aging process because they neutralise the free radicals that contribute to rapid ageing. A canadian study also found that people who regularly consumed chocolate were around 20 percent less likely to suffer a stroke and almost 50 per cent less likely to die if they did have a stroke.
A study published in The Journal of Nutrition suggested that chocolate can reduce low density lipoprotein cholesterol levels ie bad fats. According to another study the BMJ chocolate can also reduce the risk of heart disease by one-third. To summarise healthy consumption of chocolate can reduce the risk of cardio vascular disease.
Cocoa can actually help to reduce stress hormone levels according to a 2009 study. Perhaps because you’ve just had a chocolate bar which stopped you freaking out for a second.
A study presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the society for Maternal fetal Medicine Atlanta Georgia showed that eating chocolate everyday might benefit fetal growth and development. And a Finnish study has suggested that mothers who consume bitter chocolate during pregnancy have braver happier babies. Presumable because only the chocolate is bitter