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Chocolate: Love Drug For Protecting The Heart

Chocolate: Love Drug For Protecting The Heart

Isn’t is heavenly when you indulge in pleasure inducing chocolate, feel care free, at peace, satisfied and happy? Love and chocolates share something even more complex than just the person who gives it to you, it is a chemical known as PEA.

Chocolate contains a natural chemical compound made in the brain, Phenylethylamine (PEA). When released in the body, chocolate gives us:

  • a feeling of euphoria

  • a mild mood elevator

  • anti-depressant

  • helps heighten focus and alertness

  • This is also the substance responsible for making us feel high and in love. It is no wonder that chocolates are shared on Valentine’s day or when in love. We share many a good moment with those we love in the presence of chocolate.

    Love is as addictive as chocolates, PEA, the ultimate brain chemical is the reason.

    Chocolate is extracted from the Cocoa plant.

    Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine.” Not only is cocoa a food, but it is beloved around the world for its sumptuous flavour, and for the way it promotes a positive state of mind and mood.

    Of Late, a steady stream of science has emerged, showing that cocoa and the confection made from it (chocolate) possess extraordinary life-imbuing and disease-fighting properties

    Dark chocolate is now known to be a powerful antioxidant and is therefore good for the:

  • Heart – shown to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and may help to prevent blood clots

  • Brain – improve cognition. PEA encourages your brain to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier.

  • Control Blood Sugar- helps to keep your blood vessels healthy and support circulation to protect against type 2 diabetes. The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

  • Full of Antioxidants- Antioxidants helps reduce the body burden of free radicals, which can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the ageing process.

  • Contains Theobromine- shown to harden tooth enamel and support dental hygiene. Theobromine is also a mild stimulant, though not as strong as caffeine. It has been use as a cough suppressant. But theobromine is a stronger cardiac stimulant, and a more potent diuretic. The presence of both caffeine and theobromine certainly contribute to the overall mood-modifying effect of this delectable food.
    High in Vitamins and Minerals
    Dark chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals like potassium, copper, magnesium and iron that can support your health. The copper and potassium in dark chocolate help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments. The iron in chocolate protects against anemia, and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
    Like anything, always keep dark chocolate in moderation & always eat a healthy diet with lots of vegetables & fruit. Enjoy dark chocolate & know that it has some health benefits!

  • How about dark Chocolate for your Valentine in Valentines day?

    Vanita Dahia is a pharmacist and naturopath who has been in the health industry for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in this area. For more information or to chat to Vanita to see if this treatment is right for you, call and book in for a 5 minute free phone chat to see how we can help. Call 1300 21 44 25.


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