Dark Chocolate: Is It Good or Bad for Health?

When people want to pamper themselves, they often end up eating something sweet. It causes a high pleasure and makes you feel so much better than before. Helps you when you feel down or when you want to use them in a romantic atmosphere and who doesn’t love chocolate?

You can find it almost everywhere, in different shapes and combinations, but did you know that eating it can positively affect your health? Of course, we are talking now about the dark chocolate, not about the other types loaded with sugar. Having in its ingredients cocoa tree ‘s seed, this is one of the best sources of antioxidants that you can find. Let's see some positive aspects that you can enjoy after eating this ailment.

The chocolate with a high cocoa content is very nutritious, having minerals, fiber, potassium, zinc and selenium. Some stimulants such as caffeine and theobromine are between dark chocolate ingredients but don’t worry; it is not as effective as coffee so you can sleep at night after eating it.…

Ginseng: Ashwagandha Health Benefits and Side Effects

Indian ginseng, also known as winter cherry or Ashwagandha, is a herb used in an Indian based alternative medicine and has been used for over three thousand years for a variety of issues that improve the functions of the body as well as the brain. Ginseng is a small shrub, and the extracts or powders from the plant’s root or leaves are used for different conditions. Most of its health benefits being attributed to a chemical compound found in the plant, withanolides, which has exhibited medicinal properties that fight inflammations and even tumor growth.
For people who have a problem with high blood sugar levels studies using ginseng have shown to help reduce those levels in affected as well as in healthy people. One research with people who have type 2 diabetes has been demonstrated that ginseng can be as effective as their usual diabetes medication.
Another possible health benefit of ginseng but which has no human studies, though the results of animal and test-tube research have been…

Avocado: Healthy Eating or Hype?

Nowadays we are trying to eat healthy food, to exercise and do all the things that will improve our lives. Avocado is one of those fruits that offers us a lot of benefits and also has a good taste. They have almost 20 vitamins and minerals such as folate(very good during pregnancy ), lutein (help with the eyes problems) and potassium( is good for blood pressure).An excellent source of vitamins C and E, avocados also give you the vitamins B which is very good in preventing and treating infection and disease. They are suitable for those who want to lose weight too because they contain fiber and that is how helps you feel no hunger for a longer time.

Even if they are high in fat, it is good to know that this fat is monosaturated and helps with decreasing of the cholesterol. Most of the fruits have a lot of carbohydrates, but this one is a very different type, being full of healthy fats. Studies showed how beneficial could be for our health, here are some of them:

It is a very nutritious f…

13 Lucky Health Benefits of Sex

What Happens during Sex? Many people do not ask themselves about this because we tend to enjoy it and that’s all.According to Masters and Johnson (two sex therapists), there is a sequence of events that happen to the body when a person becomes excited. This sequence is called the sexual response cycle, and it’s divided into four parts: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. The phases have no separation between them. Orgasm is reached for men during the first part and for women might take 15 minutes more or even longer. During these phases, the pulse rates grow, and muscle from hips, thighs, hands, and buttocks began tense. Blood pressure rises, and endorphins, oxytocin, and prolactin are released in the body at the maximum point.

Here are some best-known benefits: 1. Helps Your Immune System People who have sex regularly have higher levels of antioxidants or antibodies called immunoglobulin that protect us from viruses. These antibodies help combat colds and flu.  To have a health…

Cocoa Powder Benefits: Avocado & Cocoa Recipe

Many people simply love chocolate but avoid it because they think they will get fat. But, cocoa powder, is highly nutritious, has loads of health benefits and numerous uses. Whenever buying cocoa powder make sure you read the label. If it’s mentioned “dutch or alkalized cacao” the powder has lost over 90 % of its benefits by the processing phase. Choose the raw, nonalkalized version.

How is Cocoa Powder Made?
The cacao tree produces fruits that contain seeds or beans used for extracting cocoa. The seeds went through the process of fermentation, drying, roasting and transformed into a paste. After cocoa butter ( the fatty component) is extracted from the beans of cacao, the dry, unsweetened cocoa powder remains. In contrast, the fatty component of chocolate is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is 50% to 57% from the cocoa bean and is the one that gives chocolate melting characteristics.
What Does Cocoa Contain?
One tablespoon of cocoa powder has 12 calories, 1 gram of protein, 1.8 grams of fiber…

Sarsaparilla – Health Benefits and Recipes

Sarsaparilla is a plant that has been used for centuries by many cultures as medicine. It is a trailing wine that can reach 50 meters in length. The root is the part usually used for medical ailments.  Diseases treated over the years with sarsaparilla include psoriasis, syphilis, leprosy, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other skin conditions. Originally from South America, when first brought to Europe in 1400, it was considered a remedy for purifying the blood and for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Nowadays it can be found in health food stores in the form of supplements, capsules, tinctures. It has a variety of positive effects on the human body especially on hormonal balance, sex drive and skin care.
Health Benefits of Sarsaparilla Skin care The topical application of creams and lotions that contain sarsaparilla are very popular because of the antioxidant properties of this plant that can offer a fresh and young look to the skin. Sarsaparilla has been shown…

Hummus Recipes - 3 Oriental Variations

Hummus is one of the most delicious Oriental dips that will definitely transform your dinners with friends and family into a success if prepared correctly. The classic recipe of hummus contains chickpeas, sesame paste or tahini, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, and parsley. Depending on the different cuisines of the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East, there are some variations to the traditional recipe that you may try to decide which one is your favorite.

The steps in the making of the hummus are also very similar: the boiled chickpeas, tahini pasta, salt, garlic, and a little bit of lemon juice, are to be added in the food processor and mixed until you get a thin or coarser paste, depending on your preferences. If you want the paste to be thinner and finer, you can add some extra water or vegetable broth to your ingredients in the processor. You need to leave the hummus paste cool down completely before consuming it, by keeping it either in the refrigerator or covered in a cold sp…