Ok, Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC can't present you a piece of chocolate through 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. We could believe it either! Could that be why 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are bought for Valentine's Day? (1) Not really, but your La Grande 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 approximately 4 times higher antioxidant capacity than green tea and twice that of red wine. (2) The anti-oxidant flavanols found in cocoa beans reduce cell damage in heart disease and help reduce blood pressure. (4,6)
- Moderate (not overly indulgent!) consumption of dark chocolate offers blood pressure lowering effects and anti-inflammatory activity. (3,6)
- The anti-oxidants and the larger magnesium content in dark chocolate might help with constipation problems and even speed up bowel movements! (2,5) We chiropractors know that constipation when you have back pain isn't good!
These findings are why Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC can put up 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 cheered with a piece of chocolate?!
Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC knows that not all nutrition has to be in pill form or even boring
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, then chat with us about the viability of adding some dark chocolate to your life at your next La Grande chiropractic visit. Contact us now
to set that up before
all the chocolate hearts start arriving!
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