Dark Chocolate & Minerals
Updated: Jul 5
I absolutely love anything that combines good caramel, sea salt, and dark chocolate. Without a doubt, you must try Farmhouse Chocolates, as their products are amazing! (Farmhousechocolates.com) Dark chocolate is rich in minerals. According to Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, minerals play a vitally important part in our health. Let’s look at some of them:
Magnesium plays an important role in assisting more than 300 enzymes to carry out various chemical reactions in the body, such as building proteins and strong bones, regulating blood sugar and blood pressure, and aiding muscle and nerve functions. Magnesium also acts as an electrical conductor that contracts muscles and makes the heart beat steadily.
Iron is an important mineral that helps maintain healthy blood. It is a major component of hemoglobin, a type of protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to all parts of the body. Without enough iron, there aren’t enough red blood cells to transport oxygen, which leads to fatigue.
Zinc is a trace mineral, meaning that the body only needs small amounts, and yet it is necessary for almost 100 enzymes to carry out vital chemical reactions. It is a major player in the creation of DNA, growth of cells, building proteins, healing damaged tissue, and supporting a healthy immune system. Because it helps cells to grow and multiply, adequate zinc is required during times of rapid growth, such as childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy. Zinc is also involved with the senses of taste and smell.
According to Medical News Today, copper an d phosphorus are also important minerals for our health:
Copper is an essential nutrient for the body. Together with iron, it enables the body to form red blood cells. It helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves, and immune function, and it contributes to iron absorption. Sufficient copper in the diet may help prevent cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, too.
Phosphorus is a mineral that the body uses to build bones and teeth and to make proteins that grow and repair cells and tissues. Phosphorus also plays a role in how the body processes carbohydrates, or sugars. In addition, it contributes to bodily functions that involve the nervous system, kidney function, muscle contraction, heartbeat regulation, keeping the bones and teeth strong, helping the muscles contract, aiding muscle recovery after exercise, filtering and removing waste from the kidneys, promoting healthy nerve conduction throughout the body, making DNA and RNA, and managing the body’s energy usage and storage.
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