Alright, New Hampshire Spine and Sport can't present you a piece of chocolate through the computer, but we do have the power to share some of its advantages with you.
Predominantly, chocolate is good for you, especially the dark chocolate kind. Honest! Could that be why 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day? (1) Probably not, but your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor hopes you get one full of dark chocolates!
Chocolate and its primary ingredient, cocoa, have beneficial results for your heart, mind and body.
- Cocoa has around 4 times higher antioxidant capacity than green tea and twice that of red wine. (2) The anti-oxidant flavanols found in cocoa beans decreases 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 conclusions are why New Hampshire Spine and Sport 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 improved with a piece of chocolate?!
New Hampshire Spine and Sport is adamant 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 Southern New Hampshire chiropractic visit. Contact us now
to set that up before
all the chocolate hearts start arriving!