Cocoa is rich in polyphenols, which have significant health benefits, including reduced inflammation and improved cholesterol levels. In addition, it is rich in flavanols, which lower blood pressure by improving nitric oxide levels and blood vessel function.
Cocoa can improve blood flow and reduce cholesterol. Moreover, cocoa can promote healthy teeth by fighting bacteria that cause cavities, though this does not apply to sugar-containing products. It also promotes healthy skin by protecting it from sunlight and improving circulation, the skin surface and hydration.