Chocolate and its properties
Educational Program / / August 12, 2017
Scientists claim that chocolate tiles a week and cooked out of it a drink, on average prolong life for a year and rejuvenate the body.Why?First of all, thanks to the natural antioxidants contained in chocolate - catechin, which protect cells from free radicals, prevents the development of malignant tumors and cardiovascular system.
Useful properties of chocolate
«Chocolate saves from heart attack and stroke," - to such conclusion the American professor Carl Keen.Regular consumption of this delicacy normalizes the function of blood platelets - platelets: contained in chocolate biologically active substances from the group of flavonoids do not allow them to stick together and prevent the formation of clots in the vessels of the heart and brain.Impact chocolate receptacle similar to aspirin, but without the side effects.Professor claims that chocolate must include in the diet of every person, even hypertensive, as a means of prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
vain accuse chocolate and blood pressure increase.Caffeine, which can actually cause hypertension, it is present in minimal quantities.Compare: a cup of coffee - 120 mg of caffeine, and a 100-gram chocolate bar - only 20 mg of caffeine and theobromine combined.From such a small dose sharply increase the pressure can not.So 2-3 pieces of chocolate will not hurt and hypertensive patients.
beneficial effects on the circulatory system, strengthening and protecting it, special substances - phenols.They, like red wine, prevent the oxidation of "bad" cholesterol in the blood and protect blood vessels from narrowing.Eat half of a chocolate bar - would be like to drink a glass of red wine.Moreover, the darker the chocolate, the more phenol.You do not have to fear that the chocolate (or sweets with its content) will increase the level of cholesterol in the blood.The main component of the chocolate, cocoa butter, - vegetable oil, wherein no so-called "bad" cholesterol.On the other hand, chocolate is rich in stearic acid, which "cleans" the vessels.By the way, researchers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey (USA) conducted an experiment 23 volunteers two different diets have been proposed.From diet alone were excluded foods rich in flavonoids - substances which are especially a lot of chocolate.The "black" list includes tea, coffee, wine, onions, apples, beans, soy, fruit juices and chocolate itself.The second group, in contrast, received daily 22 g of cocoa powder and 16 g of dark chocolate.A month later, the subjects made the measurement of cholesterol levels.It turned out that people sitting on the " chocolate diet ", had higher levels of "good cholesterol".In addition, flavonoids - are excellent antioxidants that fight aging.
Benefits of Chocolate
Chocolate is also rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, through which we become beautiful and smart.Phosphorus nourishes the brain, magnesium regulates cellular metabolism, provides calcium fortress bone.Theanine contained in chocolate, have antibacterial properties and prevent the formation of plaque;phosphate and fluoride strengthens teeth.Thus, chocolate does not cause dental caries, what it unjustly accused.
Perhaps one of the most valuable properties chocolate - its ability to lift the mood.If overcome sadness and grief - eat chocolate or a piece of chocolate cake, and life will seem beautiful.After magnesium contained herein counteracts depression, improves memory, increases resistance to stress and strengthens the immune system.
Doctors recommend consuming chocolate for the prevention of colds and spring fatigue.And if cold yet caught up, piece by piece rassosite polplitki dark chocolate - a cough and sore throat be held.
Another interesting property of chocolate: it makes it easier for premenstrual syndrome and improves sexuality.