Well, all we need is one good excuse to eat chocolate! Prevention.com explains the skin and health benefits of cocoa made with dark chocolate — so now we won’t feel so guilty when we indulge:
Why You’ll Glow: Women in one study positively glowed after drinking 1/2 cup, thanks to a significant increase in circulation that lasted 2 hours. But a daily cocoa habit may rejuvenate your complexion even more. Women who drank 1/2 cup of cocoa high in flavonoids (as is dark chocolate) every day for 12 weeks in another study had significantly softer, smoother, and better hydrated skin. Try Nestle Hot Cocoa Dark Chocolate.
Health Bonus: An 8-ounce cup of cocoa improved blood flow to the brain for 2 hours in British research. Besides better functioning on complex tasks, participants showed more brain activity in MRI scans–an indication of enhanced brain function that may reduce the risk of dementia.
Read more of their skin and health-boosting food list.