According to Forest Gump, “ My momma always said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Well, apologies for sounding contrarian Mrs. Gump but there’s quite a lot of evidence now, to prove the wide ranging mental, physical and even sexual benefits of chocolate. Then again it wasn’t that kind of movie.
Seeing as Valentines Day is around the corner, we feel that now is an appropriate time to talk about the various benefits of chocolate, that’ll make you want to share a box of chocolates with that special someone.
Dark Chocolate Reduces Stress
Studies have found that dark chocolate in particular helps to suppress the production of stress hormones from the adrenal glands in anxiety-induced situations. So if you’re feeling a little nervous before your romantic candle lit dinner for two why not bite down on a couple of pieces, to help relax yourself. Your partner will be singing your praises for it all night long.
Chocolate Improves Blood Circulation
Cocao has been proven to contain anti-clotting, blood thinning properties, which helps to increase blood circulation. A small intake of dark chocolate every day, (one or two squares), could also help to protect your heart from inflammation, which would help reduce your chances of developing heart related diseases. That being said dark chocolate is preferred to milk chocolate as it’s higher in flavanol, lower in sugar and fat. Everything in moderation of course.
Chocolate boosts brain activity
Flavanol, an antioxidant found in dark chocolate, is proven to increase blood circulation to the brain, which in turn improves memory and cognitive skills. Paired with a glass of red wine, which contains similar properties and you’ll come across wittier than Don Juan at a speed-dating cafe.
Chocolate is good for your skin
A further benefit of those magnificent flavanol anti-oxidants found in dark chocolate, is that they help blood flow to the epidermis, which results in your smoother, denser, more hydrated skin. Flavanol also helps protect the skin from UV rays – that doesn’t mean you can now lather yourself in chocolate before heading to the beach, (please wear sunscreen). Although what you decide to do behind closed doors is not for us to judge.
Chocolate Gets You In The Mood
Finally and most importantly chocolate contains a unique natural substance that induces euphoria and excitation, which means an increase in excitement, giddiness and boost in sex drive. It also increases sensation, satisfaction and desire. It’s therefore no wonder that it’s the most popular Valentines Day gift along with flowers.
So whatever do plan to do this Valentines Day, why not treat yourself to a bit of chocolate indulgence. Who knows, Cupid might just look on you favourably.