February 09, 2009

Beauty Benefits Of Chocolate - "Yum"

Healthy Hair and Skin With Chocolate!!!

What's not to love about a beautiful red heart shaped box filled with those delectable little chocolate treasures. Each one is like a treasure box filled with a delicious surprise. Chocolate, just the word makes us happy. There are many reasons we enjoy chocolate other than it tastes awesome.

Research has shown us that chocolate contains flavonoids which act as antioxidants (good stuff). Antioxidants protect us against aging caused by free radials which can cause heart damage.. Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure and in one study consuming dark chocolate decreased the LDL (bad cholesterol) by 10%.

Don't forget the darker the chocolate the more health benefits. Why is it that when we are in need of a quick emotional pick me up we reach for chocolate? Chocolate stimulates endorphin production which causes a feeling of pleasure, it also contains serotonin which acts as an antidepressant. Not only does chocolate make you feel good inside it can help you look good on the outside.

A recent study has show that women who were given 1/2 cup of cocoa a day had skin that was more moister and smoother, not bad. February is women's heart health awareness month, so don't forget to think red. This includes that little red box of dark Valentine's Day chocolates.

Source: http://longevity.about.com/od/lifelongnutrition/p/chocolate.htm