Dark chocolate is also known as plain chocolate or black chocolate. It contains higher percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter than milk chocolate. The antioxidants are present in dark chocolate. It is the potential antioxidant superfood which has increased in demand due to its benefits in recent times.
The health benefits of dark chocolate are:
Protection from the disease causing free radicals: The antioxidants are rich in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which fight against the toxins produced in the body. The antioxidants are polyphenols and flavonoids.
Cancer prevention: There is limited evidence on this concept on the benefit of dark chocolate on cancer prevention.
Improvement in heart conditions: Flavonoids help in lowering blood pressure and cardiovascular risks. It significantly improves the circulation to the heart in healthy adults.
Improves the overall cholesterol of the body: The stearic acid and palmitic acids are present in dark chocolate. The stearic acid and cocoa polyphenols are involved in cholesterol control. The regular consumption of dark chocolate reduces LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol.
Better cognitive function: Increase in blood flow to cerebral grey matter is beneficial in dementia and stroke. The improvement in cognitive function is dose dependent on the consumption of the dark chocolate.