Dark Chocolate from Your Eugene Chiropractor

picture of dark chocolates in a red heart containerOk, Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic can't give you a piece of chocolate through the computer, but we do have the power to share some of its advantages with you.

First of all, chocolate is good for you, especially the dark chocolate kind. Really! Could that be why 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are bought for Valentine's Day? (1) Not really, but your Eugene chiropractor hopes you get one full of dark chocolates!

Chocolate and its main ingredient, cocoa, have beneficial effects for your heart, mind and body.

  • Cocoa has around 4 times higher antioxidant capacity than green tea and twice that of red wine. (2) The anti-oxidant flavanols located in cocoa beans reduce cell damage in heart disease and help lower blood pressure. (4,6)
  • Moderate (not overly indulgent!) consumption of dark chocolate offers blood pressure reducing effects and anti-inflammatory activity. (3,6)
  • The anti-oxidants and the bigger magnesium content in dark chocolate may improve constipation problems and even speed up bowel movements! (2,5) We chiropractors know that constipation when you have back pain isn't good!

These conclusions are why Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic can live 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 enhanced with a piece of chocolate?!

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows that not all nutrition has to be in pill form or even boring food form. Check out these articles, then chat with us about the viability of adding some dark chocolate to your life at your next Eugene chiropractic visit. Contact us now to set that up before all the chocolate hearts start arriving!
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