Chocolate has many beneficial properties for human body, it’s no coincidence it’s called “the food of the gods”: it reduces the risk of ictus and cardiovascular disease, reduces appetite, lowers cholesterol levels in the blood, dilates blood vessels and reduces pressure, is also a moisturizing and nutritious substance for the skin as well as an effective antidepressant.
From Detroit University comes another shock news. Well yes… the chocolate allows you to lose weight! Dr. Malek has studied the effects of cocoa on human body cells and the results are striking: the assumption of dark chocolate is comparable, at a cellular level, to intense training or physical effort.
The researchers analyzed the response of mitochondria, small operations centers of the cells that produce energy, to particular substance contained in cocoa, epicatechin, discovering that this stimulates in them a particular reaction comparable to physical activity. By jogging or cycling the number of mitochondria in muscle cells increases, epicatechin has the same effect especially in the heart and muscles.
However, stop doing physical activity is not a clever option, Detroit recommends finding the right balance between sports and chocolate, rigorously dark.