10. dark chocolate
Flavonoids in cocoa powder are known for their benefits in lowering blood pressure. These flavonoids help the body form nitrites, which relaxes blood vessels and facilitates blood flow, thus lowering blood pressure. However, the quantities must be modest, because they contain caffeine and consuming large amounts of them works the opposite way.
Studies have also suggested that flavonoids in dark chocolates reduce the free radical damage of LDL cholesterol, thus preventing obstructions of the heart arteries. There is also evidence that flavonoids act as natural anticoagulants, thus preventing clots. Dark chocolate is also associated with improved mood and improved cognitive function.
Choose a chocolate with over 70% dark chocolate to reap benefits and remember that they are still full of calories. Stand in one or two squares only.
So you see, 40 it’s great! Just follow a healthy diet, keep your portions under control, avoid empty calories, exercise and LIVE.