Giant Rafflesia

Giant Rafflesia What strange gigantic flower is here That shows its lonesome pallid face Where neither stems nor leaves appear J. Hunt Cooke The rare giant rafflesia grows only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. via The Corpse Flower — kids and compass

Health benefits of dark chocolate

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1. It’s good for the heart and circulation :

A recent study found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging.

2. It reduces risk of stroke :

Researchers in Finland have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke – by a staggering 17 per cent average in the group of men they tested.

3. It’s mineral rich :

Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) choc provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.

4. It reduces cholesterol :

Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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