The Health Benefits of Chocolate You Might Not Know About (Plus a Cupcake Recipe!)

The Health Benefits of Chocolate You Might Not Know About (Plus a Cupcake Recipe!)

Theobroma Cacao, the Latin name for chocolate, means “Food of the Gods” for a reason. Dark chocolate has a long history of use as a healing plant, a mood enhancer, and even an aphrodisiac. So if you’ve got a thing for chocolate (and we don’t mean the junk chocolate in candy bars and sweet desserts), you’re in luck: You can use high quality chocolate to upgrade your performance and your favorite recipes. Chocolate Does Good Stuff You Didn’t Know About You’ve probably read that chocolate affects your brain by causing the release of the “happiness neurotransmitters” — serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. Like coffee, chocolate is also a potent source of polyphenol antioxidants. But experienced chocolate hackers also know chocolate is a useful tool for improving performance in lesser-known ways. Cacao exerts a systemic effect on the body, with benefits ranging from improved healthy blood flow and cognition to beneficial […]

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