Who loves dark chocolate and red wine? I know I love me some good red wine, I actually prefer red wine over white and to be honest with all of you, I have a bottle of red wine next to me while I am typing (no I am not drunk typing). I am not a fan of dark chocolate and not a huge fan of chocolate, I have to be in the mood for it, to say the least it is not my downfall. Rumor has it that drinking red wine and eating dark chocolate has health benefits and I went digging to see what I could find and I think some of you may be pleased with some of the information and others of you may be shocked.
- Some red wines, if made with high fiber Tempranillo grapes have been known to lower cholesterol levels
- Protects the heart- the antioxidants reduce the risk of unwanted clotting
- Controls blood sugar- The skin of red grapes can help regulate blood sugar in diabetics
- Boost the brain- Resveratrol found in red wine can have a positive keeping a sharp memory
- Fights off a cold- Again the antioxidants in red wine can help fight infection and protect cells against the effects of free radicals
- Decreases the chance of cancer- now there was a study done that said the red wine “inhibited the key action of cancer feeding protein” because of the resveratrol.
- Prevents the growth of fat cells- the compound piceatannol
- Goes great with a nice meal.
- Lowers blood pressure- if one has reached a certain age and have mild to high blood pressure.
- dark chocolate contains antioxidants- but not the milk chocolate, and do not wash the down the dark chocolate with milk, otherwise that takes from what the antioxidants will help with
- Improves blood flow
- Lower risk of heart disease
- known to protect the skin from the sun- flavonols can protect against sun induced damage, improve skin hydration and increase skin density
- Improve brain function- the cocoa was used in a study with elderly people, and it shown to impro ve their cognitive functions