Scientists propose a tasty way to boost your immune system; eating a small amounts of dark chocolate can have surprising effects on your immune system
The flu season is almost over however, it is still not quite done and temperatures although getting warmer it is still quite chilly. Plus with the COVID-19 virus still at large, having a strengthened immune system is more important now than ever so why not use every tool at your disposal.
Inflammation is the main response of tissue to a pathogen or wounding it is designed to protect the host from injury and heal damaged tissue however, Constant overproduction of pro-inflammatory molecules leads to chronic inflammation, something the COVID 19 virus is known for. Dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids, which are a class of antioxidants that can protect our cells from damage and reduce inflammation.
If you can get your hands on raw organic dark chocolate that would be the best since it has no sugar and excess sugar has shown to have negative effects such as; increased inflammation on tissue and a negative impact on your diet which can compromise your immune system.
The cocoa found in dark chocolate and the phenolic compounds inside the cocoa can strengthen the defences of our immune system and up our body’s resistance. Dark chocolate may also be good for a stubborn cough. The alkaloids in cocoa can be better at suppressing a cough than codeine. Cocoa has been revealed as a food with immunoregulatory properties. Cocoa influences the immune system, in particular the inflammatory innate response and the systemic and intestinal adaptive immune response.”
Vitamin C is an important vitamin to fight off against Illnesses, rich Vitamin C foods such as oranges and pineapple have been recommended to people to fight against illnesses. Dark chocolate can be just as good due to levels of zinc it contains and the lower amount of sugar to that of fruits. That is if you’re eating a high cacao percentage dark chocolate or raw dark chocolate.
Even diabetics can consume moderate amounts of dark chocolate due to the polyphenols in dark chocolate which can improve insulin sensitivity, or how well insulin works in the body, this, in turn, may help control blood sugar.
In addition, dark chocolate also has many proven benefits, including lowering LDL (aka “bad”) cholesterol levels and protecting heart-health, the key is portion control. 7 grams of chocolate a week is enough to see the benefits however a lot of dark chocolate can be detrimental so as mentioned before moderation is key.
And people should stay away from white chocolate since it is way more processed and contains a higher amount of fat compared to milk and dark chocolate.
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