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One More Reason To Love Chocolates, Flowers And Wine – Good Health!

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Even a small square of dark chocolate a day, supports cardiovascular health, normalizes blood pressure and reduces cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods. Rose offers many aromatherapy benefits from boosting mood to soothing dry, irritated skin. Red wine contains resveratrol that supports healthy heart and cognitive function, along with anti-aging properties.

Nothing speaks Valentine’s Day more than chocolate, flowers and wine. Apart from just being affectionate, did you know that these gifts could also offer the gift of health?

Packed with antioxidants and health benefits you may want to spread the love into the rest of the year!

Chocolates? Go For Dark!

Chocolate, the darker the better, is packed with antioxidants. Cocoa is rich in antioxidant flavonoids called flavanols, which include procyanidins, epicatechins, and catechins.

These antioxidants promote the cardiovascular system, especially the flexibility of veins and arteries. Studies have also shown that dark chocolate, as little as a square a day, can support normal blood pressure. In addition, dark chocolate has been found to reduce cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods.

Roses – Time For Aromatherapy

Flowers or rather flowering herbs and extracts have been used in medicine for thousands of years. The herbs with the most antioxidants include cloves, oregano, allspice, cinnamon, sage, thyme, lemon balm, and peppermint. Don’t overlook the favorite of many, the rose, while not edible they do offer many aromatherapy benefits from boosting mood to soothing dry, irritated skin.

Red Wine

Wine, especially red wine, contains resveratrol offering a range of polyphenols such as proanthocyandins, anthocyanins and flavonoids. Resveratrol is a phytoalexin and has been shown to support normal cardiovascular function, metabolic function, and cognitive function. It is also anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. This antioxidant is much more effective in supplement form, allowing you to celebrate with red wine, but benefiting from its antioxidants all year round.
Warren Cargal L. Ac.

Warren L. Cargal, M. A., L. Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and also a diplomat with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has practiced Chinese medicine for over 15 years. He maintains an active clinic practice in Atlanta Ga. Cargal is also the CEO of acuatlanta.net an online eCommerce store offering Chinese herbal formulas, professional grade nutritional supplements and organic facial products. The store offers an extensive knowledge base of articles, research abstracts and monographs on herbs, formulas and supplements.

Warren Cargal L. Ac.

Warren L. Cargal, M. A., L. Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and also a diplomat with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has practiced Chinese medicine for over 15 years. He maintains an active clinic practice in Atlanta Ga. Cargal is also the CEO of acuatlanta.net an online eCommerce store offering Chinese herbal formulas, professional grade nutritional supplements and organic facial products. The store offers an extensive knowledge base of articles, research abstracts and monographs on herbs, formulas and supplements.

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