Why is dark chocolate important to our health?
Dark chocolate has a positive effect on the functioning of the human brain, said a research team from L'Aquila University in Italy. Researchers noticed improvements in working memory performance and visual information processing after consuming chocolate. Older people who regularly ate small amounts of dark chocolate had much better attention span and the speed and fluidity of information processing. The research results were published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.
Dark chocolate and its positive effect on the human brain
For the positive effect of chocolate on the human brain responsible are the so-called cocoa flavanols. Cocoa flavanols (also found in vegetables and red wine) are antioxidants that destroy free radicals, which are one of the main causes of aging and heart diseases. Dark chocolate containing flavanols increases the production of nitrogen oxides, which in turn affect the vascular system by increasing blood flow through the vessels and helping to maintain blood pressure at the recommended level. Flavanols have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and can increase the volume of cerebral blood in the hippocampus. It is mainly this area of the brain that is sensitive to the aging process and is a potential source of age-related amnesia and cognitive impairment. Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which stimulates the heart and dilates the blood vessels. A 2005 study in Imperial College London found that theobromine has better antitussive properties than codeine due to its effect on vagal nerve activity. In addition, theobromine, thanks to its effect on the relaxation of smooth muscles, including bronchial muscles, is helpful in the treatment of asthma.
Dark chocolate in our online store
In our store, you can buy dark chocolates made from natural ingredients and carefully selected cocoa beans. Each of the dark chocolates we offer has a cocoa content of at least 70% and is suitable for vegans (except for the one with caramel). In our dark chocolate offer you will find, among others dark chocolate with raspberries, dark chocolate with orange peels and cardamom and dark chocolate with coffee caramel and sea salt.