CHOCOLATE MILK: THE SUPERDRINK FOR CHILDREN (PART 2)
Most of us view chocolate as junk food. But the truth is chocolate alone contains more than 300 bio compounds that can effects the human body, including children in the positive way. Add chocolate to milk, and you get the best superdrink, when consume in moderation.
Among the notable substances and nutrients available in chocolate milk are:
Vitamins and Minerals
The amount vitamins in chocolate are nothing spectacular, still they provide the developing body with:
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as an anti-oxidant that combat free-radical from damaging the cells. Human body needs vitamin E for the utilization of vitamin K. The vitamin is important for the building of strong muscles and the maintainence of healthy vision.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that together with calcium build and maintain strong and healthy bone. It maintains and regulates the absorption and excretion of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc. The nutrient is also able to unknot the nerves for a more calm state of mind.
- Vitamin B1, B2 and B3
All vitamin B complex are water soluble.
Vitamin B1 is an essential vitamin for the metabolism of carbohydrate for energy, and production of digestive acid. It also stimulate the immune system.
Vitamin B2 is an essential vitamin for the metabolism of carbohydrate, lipids and amino acid for energy. Acts as an anti-oxidant to halt aging process of cells and DNA, and is need for the reproduction of glutathione, an onti-oxidant. Important to maintain clear vision.
Vitamin B3 is an essential vitamin for the metabolism of carbohydrate, lipids and amino acid for energy. The vitamin is crucial for adrenal glands and other organs to biosynthesis hormones. It is important for the optimum function of the nervous system.
- Vitamin B6
The vitamin is vital in biosynthesis of neurotransmitters for electrical communications among cells, and other hormones such as serotonin, and melatonin that controls biorhythms. It is important in the process of red blood cells manufacturing. It elevates the muscle potential to utilize glycogen as energy during physical activities. In recovery process, it stimulate anabolic process for muscles and tissues regeneration.
Good quality chocolate contains minerals. Some of these minerals also acts as electrolytes, vital for electrical communications between cells within the body. Electrolytes can be depleted during physical activities or hot weather, when the kids bodies sweat excessively. Among the ionized minerals present in chocolate are:
- Kalium a.k.a potassium
It is the major positively charged ion mineral found inside of cells. Maintains the balance of bodily fluid and blood pressure, regulates the heart beat, and potentiates the contraction of skeletal muscles and smooth muscles.
A vital trace mineral for more than 300 cellular enzymes and metabolic reactions as well as co-factor in some biochemical reactions, among them – are energy metabolisms, optimizing immune system, building of DNA and RNA, normalize muscles and nerve functions, productions of enzymes and proteins, and regulate blood sugar levels. Magnesium is a component of mitochondrial enzyme.
- Natrium a.k.a sodium
It is the major positively charged ion mineral found outside of cells. It normalizes the total amount of water in the body. Natrium moves in and out each cells especially in the brain, nervous system and muscles. The movements help generate electrical signals for neuronal and nerve signaling.
Among other minerals present in chocolate are;
The trace mineral involves in the building of bones, connective tissues and hormones; involves in metabolism of fat and carbohydrate; and normalize brain and nerve function.
A vital trace mineral in formation of hemoglobin in red blood cells for optimum oxygen transportation to all cells throughout the body. Helps to strengthen the immune system. Involves in production of energy source. It acts as transport medium for electrons within cells. It is a part of certain enzyme systems in various tissues.
Zinc is can be found in all body tissues and fluids. It is a crucial components of the majority of enzymes. Some of the enzymes involve in the synthesis of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids, while others in the metabolisms of other micronutrients. It is also a component of mitochondrial enzyme. Zinc involves in protection of cells against free radicals. It is vital in maintaining cells and organ integrity by stabilizing the molecular structure of cellular components and membranes.
Flavonoids and Flavanols
Kids are naturally risk takers with unlimited curiosities and sense of adventures. They play for fun, play as they learn and play to communicate and make friends. Scrape knees, split lips are among the normal wear and tear they sport during their developing years. That is why they need the anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-viral flavonoids. The anti-oxidant properties are to ensure the protection of brain cells from damage and improving cognitive function; boost the anti-oxidant effects of vitamin C; prevent blood clots; prevent oxidation of low-density lipoprotein; and protect the health of the heart. The anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, meanwhile aid in fast healing of wounds and minor injuries, lessen inflammation and increase immune function. Flavanoids also have been hailed to reduce the symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Among the symptoms are cognitive difficulties, severe mental and physical exhaustion, troubled sleep, muscle and joint pain and headaches.
Flavanols, is a subclass of flavonoids that also contain anti-oxidants properties. There is a possibility flavanols can protect children’s skin against harmful UV rays. It may also improve the dermal condition by improving the blood circulation to the area which in turn boost skin hydration. Apart from that, there have been studies to prove flavanols is able to help combat obesity by revving up the metabolism and encourage healthy weight management.
Two servings of chocolate milk daily is ideal to provide our children, especially those who are in school and active in sports, adequate supply of important nutrients and bio substance to support healthy development of mind and body.
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