Research has found that eating dark chocolate relieves stress…

It’s not all in our heads – eating chocolate really does make us feel better. New research has found that eating dark chocolate relieves stress while boosting memory, immunity and mood.

So, giving in to a chocolate craving is not a bad idea after all. We love it when studies back up our love for chocolate! – All4W Health editor 

Chocolatey goodness

Findings from two studies show that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimum 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity.

“For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content – the more sugar, the happier we are,” says principal investigator Lee S. Berk, DrPH from Loma Linda University. “This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time, and are encouraged by the findings.”

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Why it works

Berk says that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.

This is because the flavonoids found in cacao are extremely potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, with known mechanisms beneficial for brain and cardiovascular health.

Source: Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center via

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