Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate is truly a gift of the gods; since chocolate, in its most unfettered form, has natural stimulants that encourage blood flow, better energy levels and stamina. In other words, there are an incredible number of benefits of this sweet treat for women’s health.
The effects of theobromine in chocolate
You may have heard that chocolate has a caffeine-like stimulant that can give you a little energy boost. It’s true. The stimulating effect comes from a compound found in chocolate called theobromine. Theobromine is an alkaloid found in the cacao plant. And cacao is the main ingredient in dark chocolate.
The theobromine in chocolate is linked with many benefits to heart health and circulation. It is also scientifically proven to increase brain function as well as help with sound sleeping. But theobromine is also recognized as a natural stimulant, affecting the heart and nervous system in a similar manner to caffeine.
Why dark chocolate will support women’s sexual health
The antioxidants in dark chocolate give ladies a way to satisfy that sweet tooth while supporting heart health. Of course, the darker the chocolate, the greater the benefit. You may have heard rumors that chocolate can improve your mood because it can cause a cascade of happy hormones. Although studies on chocolate and how it may or may not improve mood remain inconclusive, there are definite indications that something about chocolate improves mood.
Some experts believe that although chocolate is a complex food with the potential to alter brain activity, the real reason chocolate alters mood comes from the simple pleasure of eating this complex and delicious food.
Don’t think you’re going to get the heart-healthy benefits of dark chocolate by choosing milk chocolate. Unfortunately, the lower the percentage of cacao in your choice of chocolate, the fewer health benefits the chocolate contains. Milk chocolate is mostly milk and sugar, neither of which will benefit your love life.
But if you really want to tap into the nutritional power of chocolate, try cacao nibs. With their slightly bitter yet still satisfyingly chocolatey flavor, they are potent little antioxidant carriers in a rich, chocolatey package. If the bitter, unsweetened flavor of cacao is too much for your taste buds to handle, the good news is that dark chocolate is still considered a good source of these health benefits.
Why chocolate is good for your skin and your lady parts
And, since it is relatively low in sugars (including milk sugars), dark chocolate is proven to be less addictive than milk chocolate. So not only may it be helpful in curbing cravings for sweets, but this means it’s less likely than other chocolate products to spur skin problems.
An additional benefit is that, as far as sweet treats go, it’s better for the pH balance of your reproductive system. In other words, it can be beneficial to vaginal health. So consider trading in your milk chocolate for the dark stuff and, for added sweetness and an extra antioxidant boost, combine it with fresh berries.
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Edited by Delahna Flagg: This article was reviewed and additional research provided by Center for Mind-Body Medicine certified practitioner and Eat Something Sexy Nutrition Director Delahna Flagg.
Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided in this article is intended for informational purposes only. It is important to consult your physician before making dietary changes. More information
This article was written in 2015 and updated in May 2020.
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