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Dark Chocolate Good for Diabetes?

Believe it or not, Diabetics can still enjoy chocolates.

Research from the University of Hull York Medical School have discovered that dark chocolate is actually safe and beneficial to people with diabetes. The study showed that eating dark chocolates of Diabetics at most 45g of dark chocolate each day have significantly improved their HDL (high density lipoprotein) or good cholesterol which is essentially carries and removes excess cholesterol away from the arterial plaque and back to the liver. A dark chocolate is kind of chocolate that is primarily made cocoa and sugar, without any dairy. Aside from its darker color, it is also known for its distinct bittersweet flavour.

Thus, dark chocolate is essentially good for the heart and can generally help people lower their blood pressure. The copper and potassium in dark chocolate help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments. For diabetics, this is especially beneficial in preventing arteriosclerosis or the hardening of the arteries. In keeping blood vessels healthy, it helps maintain smooth facilitation of blood circulation in the body, thereby ensuring that extremities of the body receive ample nutrition and water to keep them healthy. Moreover, the flavonoids help in decreasing insulin resistance by allowing the cells to function normally and recover the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently.

Aside from the direct benefits for one’s diabetic condition, dark chocolates has further health benefits which diabetics can enjoy. One of which is the improved blood circulation in the brain can improve cognitive function of the brain. It also has a calming and positive effect generally because it contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which promotes the release endorphins that will make people feel happier and motivated.

Dark Chocolate is also full of antioxidants to free body from free radicals that cause fast aging and even cancer. It is also high in Vitamins and Minerals such as Magnesium and Iron for preventing high blood pressure and for protecting against iron deficiency anemia respectively. With all these benefits, dark chocolate is well recommended to be part of the diet of diabetic patients.

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