How Chocolate Improves Athletic Performance

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Only a very few people are aware of the fact that dark chocolates have several health benefits. Dark chocolates are made of cocoa and cocoa has naturally occurring chemical compound named flavanol. This compound facilitates healing of wounds and it also helps to prevent heart diseases.

Some scientists have also been able to establish a link between flavanol and decreased risk of illnesses like heart disease, stroke and cancer just to mention a few. According to several researches, taking dark chocolates on a daily basis can greatly boost athletic performance.

Studies have shown that cocoa or any drink that is rich in flavanol can help to lower blood pressure, lessen the heart’s workload during exercise and to also boost blood flow.

To see the effects of chocolates on athletes, a study was carried out at the University of South Australia. 21 overweight, middle-aged people were used for the study. The group was split into two. One group consumed a beverage that is rich in flavanol while the other group took a drink that is low in flavanol.

After two hours, the participants were made to cycle for about 10 minutes non-stop. It was found out that the diastolic blood pressure of the high flavanol group was 68 percent lower and the mean blood pressure was 14 percent lower. This suggests that the consumption of any food that has flavanol will allow for more efficient athletic performance. Dark chocolate is one of the foods or snacks that are rich in flavanol.

Another research took place in a University in the United Kingdom to test the effects of daily consumption of chocolates on athletes. The research eventually showed that after taking some dark chocolates, the participants (bicycle riders) used much less oxygen when cycling and they even covered more distance. This is not applicable to only cycling, it is also applicable to all athletic activities because all of them require the use of oxygen.

Take long distance race for instance. When it comes to 800 meters race, 1500 meters race and even marathon, Kenyans and Ethiopians dominate. You want to know why? Kenya and Ethiopia are situated on high mountain tops. The higher you go the less the oxygen around there. So Kenyans and Ethiopians are used to little oxygen than others. If dark chocolates make you consume less oxygen, your performance will improve. The research mentioned above also showed that athletes could effectively exercise for a longer period after the consumption of dark chocolate. This also explains how chocolate consumption can boost your athletic performance.

Other ways through which the consumption of chocolates is beneficial to athletes are:

  • Facilitation of energy production
  • Healthy bones and joints
  • Faster repair of damaged muscles
  • Strengthening of the immune system

In conclusion, it is very important to state categorically that all the points raised above have been scientifically proven several times and they can be verified. So, whether you are an athlete or not, you need to take a moderate quantity of dark chocolates on a daily basis. Visit our store for a wide variety of chocolate bars and this fun sports tee.

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