The benefits of chocolate, especially raw cacao, continue to increase each year, it seems. When the raw food craze took off years ago, cacao took a top spotlight as being one of the best superfoods for your health. I was skeptical, because after all, wasn’t chocolate supposed to be bad for you? In recent years, however, we’ve learned that it’s not just about chocolate being a superfood that makes it a food to enjoy without guilt. There are many health benefits of chocolate that continue to increase year after year, and we’re learning specifically just how good chocolate is for immunity. Milk chocolate and sugar-filled varieties don’t count like the dark stuff, however. The best benefits of chocolate can be found in raw cacao powder, raw cacao nibs and raw cacao beans, along with dark cocoa powder and very dark chocolate, containing at least 80% or higher cacao content. Raw chocolate will contain many more antioxidants than heated forms like standard cocoa powder or processed chocolate bars, so stick to the raw forms whenever possible. Cacao comes with such an array of benefits that it's hard to resist adding it to your diet. Check out the benefits that this magical, indulgent food can add to your life, and specifically your immune health.
1. Decreased Blood Pressure
One of the top benefits of chocolate is its ability to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure from stress can contribute to everything from heart disease and digestive disorders to insomnia, acne and decreased immunity. Many people who are chronically stressed have high blood pressure, which not only makes life miserable, but is dangerous to your body. Chocolate is high in magnesium, which calms the body and lowers blood pressure. It’s also high in a chemical known as PEA, which sends a sense of euphoria to the brain and calms down your entire body in the process. It’s why most women reach for chocolate when they’re stressed. As long as you reach for the good kind without added sugar and milk, it’s a great way to lower your blood pressure, and in return, care for your immunity.