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Dark Chocolate from Your Brooks Chiropractor

picture of dark chocolates in a red heart containerAlright, Soft Health and Healing Clinic can't present you a piece of chocolate via the computer, but we do have the power to share some of its perks with you.

Principally, chocolate is good for you, especially the dark chocolate kind. Honest! Is that why why 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day? (1) Probably not, but your Brooks chiropractor hopes you get one full of dark chocolates!

Chocolate and its main 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 overly indulgent!) consumption of dark chocolate offers blood pressure reducing effects and anti-inflammatory activity. (3,6)
  • The anti-oxidants and the bigger magnesium content in dark chocolate might help with constipation trouble and even speed up bowel movements! (2,5) We chiropractors know that constipation when you have back pain isn't good!

These discoveries are why Soft Health and Healing Clinic can live 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 taken up a notch with a piece of chocolate?!

Soft Health and Healing Clinic is adamant that not all nutrition has to be in pill form or even boring food form. Check out these articles, then chat with us about the viability of adding some dark chocolate to your life at your next Brooks chiropractic visit. Contact us now to set that up before all the chocolate hearts start arriving!
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