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What are the health benefits of dark chocolate?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Antioxidant & happy!: Dark chocolate contains polyphenols and other flavonoids, procyanidans & antioxidants.It also contains mood-enhancing chemicals like phenylethylamine, theobromine, serotonin & anandamide.It lowers systolic blood pressure an average of 5 points & diastolic 3 points & lowers LDL cholesterol by up to 10%.Even LDL cholesterol is only dangerous when it is oxidized & chocolate prevents this.See comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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Cocoa also is a natural blood thinner, reducing platelet aggregation. Cocoa also reduces insulin resistance, thus reducing risk of diabetes, obesity & inflammation. But chocolate has sugar which is best avoided. Studies show that to get health benefits it should have at least 70% cocoa solids- the darker the better. See www.huffingtonpost.com/john-robbins/chocolates-startling-heal_b_825978.htm
Oct 24, 2012
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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Oct 24, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Excellent Site!
Oct 31, 2012

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