Chocolate is delicious and the perfect thing to cure a sweet tooth, but did you know that chocolate actually has properties that are beneficial to your redhead skin and body? Like anything, chocolate is best in moderation, so don’t overdo it, but don’t feel guilty next time you have a tasty square of dark chocolate.
1. High in antioxidants
Antioxidants are very prevalent in chocolate and can help minimize premature signs of aging. Since redheads are known to age slower than blondes and brunettes, this is just another way to help us look and feel younger. The antioxidants are also suppose to improve eye health and possibly even lower the effects of depression and anxiety.
2. Improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure
You know the redhead stereotype: redheads have a temper + anger streaks! Of course, this isn’t true for all of us. Dark chocolate flavanols can help to stimulate the lining of our arteries which helps them to relax and lowers the resistance to blood flow and reduces blood pressure. The effects of chocolate have been mild, but when combined with other healthy lifestyle choices they can make an impact.
3. May reduce heart disease risks
H2BAR celebrates National Red Day every February to support Go Red For Women. Lowering blood pressure is one way to reduce the risks of heart disease. While chocolate will not prevent heart disease, dark chocolate in moderation may help to keep blood pumping smoothly and reduce some of the risks.
4. High in nutrients
Dark chocolate is high in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese which are all beneficial for the body. Additionally dark chocolate contains potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.
5. Possible source of sun protection
There are some bioactive compounds found in dark chocolate that are good for the skin. While chocolate won’t protect you like SPF does, enjoying some chocolate in the summer might reduce the damage your skin experiences from sun exposure. If this isn’t a reason for redheads to indulge, we don’t know what is.
Rock it like a Redhead!