Chocolate!… You can’t help but love it. But, how good or bad is chocolate for your health? Well, it all depends on the chocolate. It’s not the same consuming a mass-produced confectionary, low in cocoa and high in sugar, than indulging in a delicious, creamy gourmet dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is actually good for your health. Here we have some scientific facts to prove that.

1. Dark chocolates is rich in nutrients and antioxidants

Dark chocolate is loaded with minerals like iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. These minerals are essential for the general body function and metabolic process. Moreover, cocoa has the higher level of flavonols that has been found in a fruit. This antioxidant helps your body neutralize free radicals.

Dark chocolates is rich in nutrients and antioxidants

 

2. Dark chocolate improves your heart health and blood flow

Scientific research suggests that eating a small amount of dark chocolate regularly has a mild but still important influence in the decrease of LDL or “bad” cholesterol in the blood, reducing the risk of a heart attack. Studies also report that flavonols and theobromine, present in dark chocolate, relax blood vessels, improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure.

Dark chocolate improves your heart health and blood flow

 

3. Dark chocolate boosts your brain function

Science has found a correlation between dark chocolate and our cognitive functions. The improvement of blood flow after eating dark chocolate means the brain obtains more oxygen and nutrients to stay healthy. This prevents neurological disabilities and boosting memory in the long term. On the other hand, theobromine stimulates brain and increases alertness in the short term.

Dark chocolate boosts your brain function

 

4. Dark chocolate improves your mood and reduces stress

Had you ever heard that chocolate increases happiness? Well, it turns out it does. Dark chocolate significantly reduces our stress hormone cortisol, producing a calming effect several hours after eating it. Additionally, the consumption of dark chocolate also boost our levels of serotonin and endorphins, giving us a sensation of happiness for a short time.

Dark chocolate improves your mood and reduces stress

 

5. The darker the chocolate, the better

Chocolate contains nutritious substances that have been proven to benefit our health. However, the amount and quality of these beneficial compounds differ from chocolate to chocolate. Nutrients and antioxidants that make from dark chocolate a healthy choice are substances found in the cocoa. So, the higher the percentage of cocoa content in a dark chocolate, the better for your body. But, be careful; make sure your dark chocolate has no added flavoring or trans-fat. Going for an organic dark chocolate will always be your best choice.

The darker the chocolate, the better

 

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Feelings are meant to be expressed, and we all know that there are infinite ways to do it. What we can't deny is that some of these are more universal than others. You can externalize your fondness with a hug or display your affection with a kiss. The meanings behind these actions are known worldwide.

The meaning behind the number of roses you give in a bouquet

The same thing happens with gifts. A present is usually a materialization of the emotions that exist in your heart for someone in particular. Giving the right object that reveals what you feel is very important for everyone. So when it comes down to choosing the perfect item for a special occasion, you can never go wrong with the classics. Chocolate and jewelry are perfect exemplars of elegant gifts that say “I love you”, but neither of them manifests romance and passion like roses. These flowers are perfect to convey the word love.

The power of giving roses

The power of giving roses

When you give a present, you are not only communicating what you feel for someone else. You are also saying a lot about your personality. These acts influence the perception that others have about you. Studies have shown that flowers create instant delight to those who receive them. People who send these flowers are commonly viewed as happy, caring, emotionally intelligent and even courageous. Why? Well, roses are extremely beautiful, elegant, soft and have a pleasing aroma. They are perfect to make your statement when you fall in love.

Roses and their meanings

Roses and their meanings

Roses come in a wide variety of colors and they mean different things. It’s important to acknowledge them when choosing a bouquet as a present. You want to express what you feel with the right color and number. Number? Yes! The number of roses in a bouquet also has various implications. If you don’t know what these are, we have the perfect guide for you.

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NOW THAT YOU ARE AN EXPERT, CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOUQUET AND DEMONSTRATE THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE EXACTLY WHAT YOU FEEL:

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Sense Ecuador<sup>®</sup> in the final stage of DHL’s challenge: Export to the World

DHL Express, the world's leading logistics company, with more than 30 years of experience in Ecuador, has partnered up with IMPAQTO to invite small and medium-sized Ecuadorian companies to participate in the first edition of the DHL Export to the World Challenge.

Export to the World Challenge

Export to the World Challenge

DHL’s objective with this initiative has been to encourage the development of new business proposals in Ecuador that have a social contribution, meet the needs of current and potential customers and that can be anchored to its economic chain adding value to it.

The “Export to the World Challenge” has encouraged entrepreneurs from all around Ecuador to subscribe and to express their ideas and motivations. It has also created a window to promote the projects of these local entrepreneurs towards the rest of the world. In order to publicize their business models and participate for a recognition that helps them consolidate their projects locally and internationally.

Export to the World Challenge

Ecuador is a country with a lot of potential. According to Edith Villavicencio, general manager of DHL Express Ecuador, this country is the one with most entrepreneurship in Latin America. 1 in 3 adults aim to create their own business before turning 45 years old.

With 347 subscriptions, Sense Ecuador® has recently been listed as one of the final 10 companies in the Exporters category of the Export to the World Challenge. This demonstrates the potential that its business model has and the quality of the premium products they offer. Their commitment of reducing distances by sending a piece of Ecuador straight to their consumer’s doorstep with a single click has been well recognized and appreciated.

Ecuadorian premium products to expand your senses:

 

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