When it comes to brain health, dark chocolate in moderation really is a guiltless dessert. Thanks to its exceedingly high levels of plant antioxidants called flavanols—which dilate blood vessels, allowing more oxygen and blood to reach key areas of your brain—and a generous supply of magnesium, zinc, and fiber, dark chocolate can help you soldier on against fatigue and the effects of aging. In fact, dark chocolate is one of the only foods shown to acutely boost both mood, focus, and alertness, according to a University of Nottingham study. “And, if you eat a prudent portion (up to one ounce daily) of high cacao dark chocolate (72% or greater), it barely makes a dent in your daily sugar quota,” Kulze adds.
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