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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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What is the role of dark chocolate in health? What are the effects on inflammation, cancer, heart disease, and more? Find out in this presentation on the health benefits of dark chocolate.

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  • Leo, Similar to getting headaches after consuming wine that contains sulfites. Chocolate contains high 'thiol' or free sulfur content (as does coffee). So while caffeine is a possibility, a sulfur-sensitivity would be consistent with both coffee and chocolate. This is not to be confused with medical advice, but of general reasons as to why someone might be sensitive to chocolate. There are genetic reasons and detoxification reasons as to why someone may be sensitive to sulfur. Aside from headaches, mental fogginess and moodiness can also result. A splitting headache is worth diagnostic follow-up with your PCP.
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  • When I eat chocolate with high cocoa solids I get splitting headaches due, I assume, to the caffiene content or if not then some other ingredient. I have tried all kinds of dark chocolate and always the result is the same. I would love to eat it but the headaches preclude. Any suggestions?
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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

  1. 1. Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate Dr. Alexander Rinehart, DC, MS, CCN, CNS http://www.DrAlexRinehart.com
  2. 2. Chocolate Contains Flavonoids  Flavonoids: Specific subset of antioxidant plant compounds  Cancer prevention  Cardiovascular disease  Digestive health  Immune balance  Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-hypertensive, anti-aging properties  Found in dark chocolate, apples, red wine, green tea, onions, and cranberries
  3. 3. Chocolate & Cancer  Some evidence connects chocolate consumption with anti-cancer properties  Chocolate may affect cancer growth  Suppresses pro-inflammatory cell messengers  Demonstrates cancer-preventive effects due to antioxidant potential  Cocoa flavanols and procyanidins can be transported inside the cell & may modulate cancer-related signaling.
  4. 4. Cocoa & Gut Health, Inflammation, & Neurodegeneration  May promote healthy gut bacteria  Flavonoids from other foods have demonstrated protective effects on GI integrity  Anti-inflammatory  Inverse correlation between flavonoid containing foods & neurodegenerative diseases  Flavonoids may offer anti-depressant properties
  5. 5. Chocolate & Heart Disease  As chocolate consumption increases, coronary heart disease decreases (correlation or causation?)  Cocoa fat is comprised of stearic acid which does not negatively effect cholesterol levels  May reduce LDL and total cholesterol  May play an indirect role in reduction of all-cause mortality
  6. 6. Conclusion Numerous research reviews support that dark chocolate intake may positively influence oxidative stress, inflammation, vessel function, immunity, detoxification, and nitric oxide production – and may exert protective effects on blood pressure, insulin resistance, lipid profile and platelet activation.
  7. 7.  To read the full discussion please visit: http://dralexrinehart.com/nutrition-benefits/ health-benefits-of-dark-chocolate/ (please share )

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