Alright, Malverne Health & Wellness can't give you a piece of chocolate through the computer, but we can share some of its benefits with you.
Predominantly, chocolate is good for you, especially the dark chocolate kind. Really! Is that why why 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are bought for Valentine's Day? (1) Probably not, but your Malverne chiropractor hopes you get one full of dark chocolates!
Chocolate and its principal ingredient, cocoa, have advantageous results for your heart, mind and body.
- Cocoa has approximately 4 times greater antioxidant capacity than green tea and twice that of red wine. (2) The anti-oxidant flavanols found in cocoa beans decreases cell damage in heart disease and help reduce blood pressure. (4,6)
- Moderate (not overly indulgent!) consumption of dark chocolate offers blood pressure reducing effects and anti-inflammatory activity. (3,6)
- The anti-oxidants and the larger magnesium content in dark chocolate can help with constipation problems and even speed up bowel movements! (2,5) We chiropractors know that constipation when you have back pain isn't good!
These findings are why Malverne Health & Wellness can live with the enjoyment of dark chocolate...in moderation, of course. Mood, memory, brain function, heart, immune system and stress reduction may all benefit as well. (2) Whose day isn't cheered with a piece of chocolate?!
Malverne Health & Wellness stands firm that not all nutrition has to be in pill form or even boring
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, then chat with us about the viability of adding some dark chocolate to your life at your next Malverne chiropractic visit. Contact us now
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all the chocolate hearts start arriving!
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