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Eating Chocolate Can Help Cancer Patients!

Eating Chocolate Can Help Cancer Patients!

Hello lovely you,

Eating chocolate can help cancer patients!  Does that make sense? Maybe?

Eat chocolate can help cancer patients and may be music to most peoples’ ears, but words you don’t hear very often. I am suggesting that you eat more chocolate, provided it’s the right kind.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, more stores are lining their shelves with all kinds of shiny-wrapped chocolate confections. My teeth hurt just walking down the candy aisle at my local CVS store! But while these chocolates may be delicious, and okay yes, many of them are, they are B.A.D. for your health and you should absolutely avoid them.

But here’s the good news: dark chocolate offers many health benefits, even to those battling cancer. So there is no reason why you can’t enjoy some dark chocolate this V-day and throughout the year.

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate for Cancer

Before I get into the actual benefits, I want to make a couple of things very clear. First, I am ONLY talking about dark chocolate here. Do not start shoving Hershey’s kisses in your face telling everyone, “Prue told me to eat more chocolate.” No, Prue told you to eat more DARK chocolate.

Second, while dark chocolate is considered a superfood, the actual benefits come from the coca bean. Sadly, many dark chocolate bars contain very little actual cocoa. But don’t worry, at the end of this blog post I’m going to tell you how to buy the absolute healthiest dark chocolate bars on the market. Okay, now onto those health benefits…

Phytochemicals Protect Against Disease

The most powerful chemicals found in cocoa are called phytochemicals. These have been found to protect against heart disease. But recent research also suggest phytochemicals may also reduce your risk of developing cancer, and even slow the growth of cancer cells.

Neutralize Free Radical Damage

We know that cancer and other diseases stem from free radicals. These free radicals can damage our genetic material, which ultimately leads to mutations and the risk of developing cancer and other disease.

Again, some studies have found that eating dark chocolate on a regular basis can prevent this genetic damage and the subsequent development of cancer. There have also been promising studies that used cocoa powder and cocoa extract to stop the growth of cancer cells in the lab. This study used a specific flavonoid found in cocoa called procyanidin.

Lowers Blood Pressure

And speaking of flavonoids, the main flavonoid in cocoa is called flavonol, and studies have shown these have the ability to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. They have also been shown to reduce “bad” cholesterol.

A Natural Mood Booster for Cancer Patients

It goes without saying that a diagnosis of cancer can cause a person to become depressed and experience anxiety. The last thing they need is to take prescription medications for depression and anxiety on top of their cancer treatments. Especially since most prescription medications come with nasty side effects.

Multiple studies have shown that cocoa actually boosts mood. It is believed that dark chocolate increases the level of feel good chemicals in the brain like endorphins and serotonin. For cancer patients facing the challenges of living with a serious illness, dark chocolate may provide a much-welcomed relief.

Polyphenols Are Found In Dark Chocolate

Polyphenols are found most abundantly in whole foods such as dried spices, fruits, vegetables, red wine, and cocoa (chocolate!)

Polyphenols play an important role in preventing the progression of diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.

Polyphenols are a prebiotic, increasing the ratio of beneficial bacteria in your gut, which is important for health, weight management, and disease prevention.

Listen to what my friend Dr. Barry Sears, New York Times Best Seller of The Zone Diet has to say about Polyphenols.

 

 All in Moderation

Of course, the key to reaping the benefits of dark chocolate is to eat it in moderation. While dark chocolate offers some profound health benefits, eating 5 pounds of it a day is not healthy, for obvious reasons. Even the healthier dark chocolate bars have fat and sugar, and to consume too much can lead to weight gain and negative health outcomes.

So how much should you eat a day?

Try to aim for 1 to 2 ounces a day. Make this a special part of your day. Maybe after meditating you could end by nibbling on a dark chocolate square. Make it your special treat each day, don’t stuff your face with it!

How to Buy the Healthiest Dark Chocolate Bars

When you buy the right kind of dark chocolate, you ensure you are getting fewer added ingredients and the most percentage of cocoa possible. Always read the label to see what is in the bar. Some bars tout they have 70% cocoa, and they may, but when you read the ingredients you may see some you don’t want.

Obviously the higher the percentage of cocoa the better, but if the percentage is too high it will be too bitter to eat. Aim for a bar that offers between 75% and 85% cocoa. These will offer high cocoa content but not be so bitter you can’t get it down.

This Valentine’s Day, and for the rest of the year, treat yourself with something that will boost your overall health. Avoid picking up bags of milk chocolate candies that will only help feed the cancer and not give you any health benefits. Ask your family to only give you dark chocolate from now on, and be sure to eat it in moderation. If you follow this advice you will not only be able to have a tasty treat each day, you will help your journey back to health.

Wishing you love and healing on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy your chocolate treat!

Prue

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It’s the holidays and everyone seems to be in such good moods, and you hate to spoil the fun with your darkness. You don’t want to feel dark; you want to feel like everyone else seems to.

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- Don’t Deny Your Feelings 
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I cannot believe we are almost to the end of October! Before you know it, we’ll be stuffing our faces with stuffing and pie! And while many of us will be lucky enough to enjoy the holiday season with our friends and family, many people will be dealing with grief and sadness at the same time.

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I’ve discussed the “fight or flight” response our body has to stress in other blog posts. But to quickly summarize, when we find ourselves in harms’ way, our body has a chemical reaction that helps us either fight the danger or flee from the danger. This automatic response is what helped our ancestors survive attacks by sabre-tooth tigers and such.

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If you’re one of my readers that always says, “I know, I know, I should be better about supporting my immune system,” then consider me right now giving you a friendly kick in the pants to just DO IT already!

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We can’t talk about boosting your immune system without talking about stress. Because the truth is, chronic stress is the number 1 enemy of your immune system.

I’ve discussed the “fight or flight” response our body has to stress in other blog posts. But to quickly summarize, when we find ourselves in harms’ way, our body has a chemical reaction that helps us either fight the danger or flee from the danger. This automatic response is what helped our ancestors survive attacks by sabre-tooth tigers and such.

But now we don’t have the same kinds of dangers in our environment. We have mortgage payments, tyrannical bosses, COVID-19, working from home stress and 24/7 media hype! These stressors stay in our environment, which leads to a lengthened chemical response in our body, and that leads to chronic inflammation.

But a prolonged response to stress also suppresses the very immune cells that are needed to fight off infection and illness.

I CANNOT STRESS how important it is to deal with the stress in your life in healthy ways. Meditation is a powerful way to deal with stress. Deep breathing exercises, physical exercise, and spending time in nature are also great ways to deal with stress. And if you find you need to speak to a mental health counselor, do it. Your health is on the line.

If you’re one of my readers that always says, “I know, I know, I should be better about supporting my immune system,” then consider me right now giving you a friendly kick in the pants to just DO IT already!

Much love and health to you!

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To get more polyphenols into your diet, be sure to add berries, dark chocolate, beans, nuts, red onions, spinach, black and green tea and red wine to your diet!
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Polyphenols

Decades of research have now confirmed that polyphenols, powerful plant compounds, have very positive effects on the immune system. Without getting too science-y, the body’s mucosal layer is its first line of defense against invading pathogens. But this layer, over time, can become susceptible to structural abnormalities, which negatively impacts the immune system’s initial response. Polyphenols protect this mucosal layer, thereby helping your immune system to do its job!

To get more polyphenols into your diet, be sure to add berries, dark chocolate, beans, nuts, red onions, spinach, black and green tea and red wine to your diet!
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