In celebration of New Year’s resolutions being made, we’re kicking off 2014 with three sweet tidbits to help improve your health. Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health when incorporated into a healthy diet. So whether you’re hitting the gym, stocking up on fruits and vegetables, or finding ways to maximize your productivity, take some time to reward yourself with a sweet and healthy treat!

Tip 1

Handcrafted at our factory and made from organic ingredients, our Classic Dark Chocolate bar is more than your sweet tooth’s best friend—it can boost your brain function and improve your mood! One study surveying people who ate dark chocolate over the course of five days found that they experienced increased blood flow to the brain and improved cognitive function. Dark chocolate also contains several compounds that have a positive effect on your mood and cognitive health by releasing a chemical called PEA, the same chemical created when falling in love! PEA prompts the brain to release endorphins, in turn improving your overall mood and making you feel happier.

Tip 2

Did you know a one-ounce square of dark chocolate packs as much antioxidant power as a five-ounce glass of red wine? Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants essential for supporting a healthy immune system. The cocoa bean contains flavinols, which are believed to improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow. It’s important to remember that chocolate containing high percentages of cocoa will ultimately contain more flavanols. A recent study by North Carolina State University found that our Classic Dark Chocolate contains 150% higher antioxidant levels when compared with national dark chocolate brands. Choosing to eat antioxidant-rich foods like dark chocolate can protect your body from disease and slow the signs of aging.

Tip 3

If you're trying to cut back on coffee or energy drinks this year, grab a bar of dark chocolate to help keep you going. Dark chocolate contains a mild dose of caffeine, a stimulant that increases energy and makes you feel more alert. One bar of organic dark chocolate contains 27 mg of caffeine, considerably less compared to the 200 mg of caffeine found in an eight ounce cup of coffee. One square of ourClassic Dark Chocolate can help boost your productivity throughout the day.

Videri’s dark chocolate provides your body with powerful health benefits that boost brainpower, prevent disease, and increase productivity. So take a moment to reward yourself with a treat you and your sweet tooth can feel good about all year long! Grab a bar of Videri’s Classic Dark Chocolate available on our online store.

Sources:

www.authoritynutrition.com

www.fitday.com

www.livestrong.com