If you love chocolate, keep reading!
Dark Chocolate containing 70% cocoa
Tastes Great – AND an Ounce a Day –
MAY KEEP THE PLASTIC SURGEON AWAY!
Recent research suggests that dark chocolate might help slow down wrinkles and aging along with offer us other health benefits. Is it better than Botox? Probably not, but dark chocolate containing 70% cocoa or above, is rich in flavanoids and being rich in flavanoids means it is loaded with antioxidants and being loaded with antioxidants means it helps fight free radical damage to the skin which means slowing down aging and wrinkles.
The flavanoids in dark chocolate – known as epicatechins and catechins are proven to protect the skin from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. They also boost the elasticity of our skin by improving blood flow to the skin’s proteins which results in more supple skin.
Of course, as with everything, moderation is the key. Dark chocolate should be limited to an ounce a day which is equivalent to one small piece of a bar of dark chocolate. It’s important to remember – too much of any good thing is too much. It IS chocolate and it IS sugar, so it DOES have calories – 170 to be exact – so eat in moderation.
DARK CHOCOLATE + CHERRIES = A WINNING COMBINATION
Dark Chocolate combined with cherries – or Dark Chocolate Dipped Cherries can have double the pleasure and double the antioxidants! Cherries contain two flavonoids, isoqueritin and queritrin, that may also help reduce some signs of aging. In addition, cherries are also a great source of melanin which helps improve sleep. Better sleep means better skin, less puffy eyes, and overall better mental health, so dark chocolate cherries are even better than eating dark chocolate by itself. Again, moderation is the key. Dark chocolate cherries should be limited to having just a few each day.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF DARK CHOCOLATE
A longtime myth that chocolate causes breakouts and acne is just that, a myth. Dark chocolate – containing 70% cocoa – is rich in iron, calcium and vitamins A, B1, C, D and E. It can even repair dry skin. Hormonal changes are sometimes activated by white flour, dairy and sugar which can cause acne. 70% cocoa and higher dark chocolate is low in sugar and dairy and is truly packed with beauty benefits.
If a healthy glow appeals to you, give up your coffee a few days a week and instead, drink a cocoa-rich drink. It will give your skin a deep hydration and give you a healthy glow that perhaps you haven’t had in years!
You can also wipe away dead skin cells with this easy-to-make scrub…
DIY 4-Ingredient Chocolate Face Scrub
- Cocoa powder
- Brown sugar
- Olive oil
Mix Ingredients Together + Scrub Face
There are many ways to fight wrinkles and aging but we have found in our research that a few nibbles of dark chocolate each day is one of the most popular because…
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