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Benefits of Dark Chocolate for Seniors

Pieces of dark chocolate with mint on wooden table

Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively impact your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.

Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary kind) can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease. Of course, it depends on the quality of the chocolate you buy — if it is high-quality dark chocolate then it definitely is nutritious, containing a decent amount of soluble fiber and minerals.

Dark chocolate can play the following roles for you and your health:

  1. It is a powerful source of antioxidants
  2. It may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure
  3. Raises HDL and protects LDL from Oxidation
  4. May reduce your risks of heart disease
  5. Lastly, improve brain function

There is considerable evidence that can support how powerful cocoa can be for our health being especially protective against heart disease. Of course, this does not mean you should go all out and consume lots of it every day. Too much of a good thing is bad. Chocolate is still loaded with calories and it can be easy to overeat.

A sizeable amount — maybe one square or two after dinner — is enough chocolate to last you the day. Try to savor it for as long as you can! If you want the benefits of cocoa without the calories, consider making a hot cup of cocoa and skipping the sugar or cream.

You can shop for dark chocolate at local grocers or online.