Alright, Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre can't present you a piece of chocolate through the computer, but we are able to share some of its advantages with you.
Predominantly, chocolate is good for you, especially the dark chocolate kind. Really! Could that be why 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are bought for Valentine's Day? (1) Probably not, but your Toronto chiropractor hopes you get one full of dark chocolates!
Chocolate and its primary ingredient, cocoa, have advantageous effects for your heart, mind and body.
- Cocoa has about 4 times higher antioxidant capacity than green tea and twice that of red wine. (2) The anti-oxidant flavanols located in cocoa beans reduce cell damage in heart disease and help lower blood pressure. (4,6)
- Moderate (not too much!) consumption of dark chocolate offers blood pressure lowering effects and anti-inflammatory activity. (3,6)
- The anti-oxidants and the larger magnesium content in dark chocolate might improve constipation trouble and even speed up bowel movements! (2,5) We chiropractors know that constipation when you have back pain isn't good!
These findings are why Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre can put up with the enjoyment of dark chocolate...in moderation, of course. Mood, memory, brain function, heart, immune system and stress reduction may all benefit as well. (2) Whose day isn't made better with a piece of chocolate?!
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre knows that not all nutrition has to be in pill form or even boring
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, then chat with us about the viability of adding some dark chocolate to your life at your next Toronto chiropractic visit. Contact us now
to set that up before
all the chocolate hearts start arriving!
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