5 Surprising Benefits of Cocoa
January 31 – National Hot Chocolate Day: 5 Surprising Benefits of Cocoa
Did you know that it was the Mayans who first thought about creating a chocolate beverage? In fact, by 1400 B.C.E., the cocoa drink was considered to be an important part of the Aztec culture. When the beverage was introduced in the New World, people couldn’t get enough of it. They even used it to treat stomach ailments!
Since its discovery, hot chocolate or hot cocoa has undergone plenty of changes. However, one thing remains the same: Everyone still thinks that it’s the perfect beverage in winter. On January 31, cozy up with your hot mug of comfort, grab some marshmallows, and celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day with your friends and family!
How Cocoa Can Be Beneficial to Your Health
Cocoa, the main ingredient of hot chocolate, has been found to have high levels of antioxidants that help with maintaining a healthy heart, insulin levels, memory, and more. If you need a reason to indulge in this sweet treat, Kids Car Donations encourages you to keep these health benefits in mind:
1. Hot chocolate can uplift your mood.
The cocoa in hot chocolate contains the antidepressant hormone serotonin, which can effectively brighten your mood and fight stress and anxiety. It also works by triggering the production of happy hormones or endorphins in the body. Its mood-lifting effect is even more pronounced when cocoa is dissolved in hot water because the heat leads to more antioxidants being released.
2. It improves your blood circulation.
Cocoa also contains flavonoids. These compounds are extremely useful in oxidizing nitric acid in the body that dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow. This effect helps lower blood pressure and improves the functioning of the heart and other organs of the body.
3. It improves your brain health.
Several studies have shown that polyphenols in cocoa help increase blood flow to the brain, thereby improving brain function. This helps prevent people from developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
4. It helps you lose weight.
Surprisingly, hot cocoa can help in reducing weight, too. It primarily works by regulating the energy consumption of the body and increasing the feeling of fullness of a person. According to Dr. Will Clower, a neuroscientist, eating dark chocolates 5 to 20 minutes before a meal helps decrease the appetite of a person, which helps them eat less during a meal.
5. It protects your skin.
The flavonoids in hot cocoa not only help improve blood flow but also help protect your skin from the harmful UV rays that cause skin cancer. They also improve your skin complexion and keep it well hydrated.
Donate a Vehicle to Make a Difference!
If you’re planning to dispose of a vehicle that you no longer need, consider turning it over to Kids Car Donations to help the ailing children and teens in your local area. We’ll auction off your donation and use the proceeds to help cover the cost of the services that our charity partners provide to the sick and disadvantaged children in your locality. These IRS-certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations provide their young beneficiaries with life-saving medical assistance, emotional support, and other services.
In return for your charitable contribution, we’ll haul off your car for free and you’ll get a tax-deductible receipt once your vehicle is sold at auction. The receipt will entitle you to receive a top tax deduction in the next tax season.
You can donate almost any type of vehicle whatever its age or condition may be. You can also make your vehicle donation anywhere in the United States since we have vehicle donation programs in all 50 states.
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Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference in your community. Call us at 866-634-8395 or fill out our online donation form to start your donation process now!