With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, retailers and specialty chocolate shops are stocking up and featuring some of the most inviting chocolate gifts and displays. Sales in chocolate already exceeded $1 billion dollars, but in 2006 chocolate revenue increased to over $740 million because of the discovered health benefits. According to Business Newsweek, sales were expected to also increase even more so.

Did you know that chocolate can be healthy and beneficial for your health? Most of us will reach for milk chocolate; unfortunately, that is not the healthier option. Dark chocolate has been the rave in the health industry as well as in the media within the past few years.

Dark chocolate has cocoa that is full of antioxidants that comes from Flavonoids. Antioxidants is what protect your skin from free radical damage due to pollutants, sun exposure, and causes premature aging and it also works from the inside out. Flavonoids do wonders and help to calm blood pressure, hence the benefits that comes from dark chocolate outweighs milk or white chocolate.

Here are some amazing benefits of Dark Chocolate:

  • Lowers blood pressure for those who have high blood pressure (1 small bark daily)
  • Reduces Bad Cholesterol by up to 10%
  • Has Endorphins (feelings of pleasure, joy, contentment)
  • Stabilizes hormones (this must be why women crave that piece of chocolate and feel much better after having one)
  • Includes Serotonin (anti-depressant)

The buzz has been out on dark chocolate. You can have a little guilt-free indulgence while staying healthy and happy!