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Don't Put Down Dark Chocolate

Don't Put Down Dark Chocolate

Sweets get a sour name but don't be bitter. Pick up some dark chocolate and reap the benefits of indulging in a small 3 oz. serving two or three times a week:

Rich in antioxidants. Like those in green tea, the Flavonoids in dark chocolate act as antioxidants to help rid your body of free radicals. These free radicals are produced when the body is exposed to sunlight and cause cell damage that ages skin. Flavonoids absorb UV light, increase blood flow, and keep skin young and protected. They can improve skin's hydration, just like your favorite St. Ives lotion. Cocoa butter -- the pure, edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean -- is also used as an moisturizing ingredient so grab the cocoa butter-rich St. Ives Intensive Healing Body Lotion which helps prevent dry, itchy skin.

Good mood booster. Eating dark chocolate stimulates endorphin production, the same chemicals in the brain that bring on feelings of pleasure, and offers the chemical serotonin, which acts as an antidepressant. Chocolate also contains caffeine to boost energy. Furthermore, a small amount of this sweet treat can actually lessen cravings for more sugary, salty and fatty foods while providing a needed pick-you-up.

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Heart-healthy nutrients. Just like St. Ives Replenishing Mineral Therapy Body Lotion – which contains potassium, calcium, iron and copper – chocolate also packs vitamins and minerals. Dark chocolate includes potassium and copper (to help prevent cardiovascular ailments and heart disease), iron (to protect against anemia) and magnesium (to combat high blood pressure).

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