Why Dark Chocolate Is So Damn Good For YouGeorge Dvorsky3/18/14 3:20pmFiled to: healthdark chocolatechocolatecocoagut healthgut microbiomemicrobiomebacteriastomach bacteriadigestionantioxidantsscience9211EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkFrom improving heart health to alleviating the effects of depression, dark chocolate is renowned for its remarkable health benefits. A recent study now points to one of the reasons why — and it has to do with dark chocolate's unique chemistry, plus the microbes in our stomach who find it equally delicious.How awesome is it that dark chocolate, in addition to being tasty, is so incredibly healthy? It's good for your heart and brain. It's full of antioxidants (which reduces oxidative stress to cells), theobromine (which can harden tooth enamel), and various vitamins and minerals (such as iron, potassium, copper, and magnesium). It can also help you reduce your blood pressure, ease depression, control your blood sugar and lose weight (but you should keep your dark chocolate t0 >85%, people).