chocolate health benefits

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After three months...your skin looks 13 years younger (without fillers).
Okay, maybe not a decade younger, but at least it may be suppler, smoother and plumper—found a German study that compared women's skin on and off a high-flavanol cocoa regimen. For those who drank a high-flavanol (329 mg) cocoa drink (comparable to most of a 3.5-ounce, 70-percent-cocoa chocolate bar) every morning for 12 weeks, the rate of blood flow to the epidermis doubled compared with a low-flavanol group. As a result, their skin became, on average, 16 percent denser, 11 percent thicker, 13 percent moister and 42 percent less scaly than before the experiment. Plus, it was 25 percent more resistant to the skin-reddening effects of UV rays—comparable to a mild sunscreen. There they are again, flavanols and other antioxidants saving our hides.
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