Dark Chocolate Proven Healthier than Ever

Improves Stress Levels, Inflammation, Mood and More




Nataliia Dvukhimenna/Shutterstock.com

Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao can have positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, according to two new studies from Loma Linda University, in California.

Ten participants ate a 48-gram bar of dark chocolate at the beginning of each study and then ate a piece of dark chocolate every two hours when they were awake for several days. Blood tests revealed the chocolate heightened sense perception and nervous system responsiveness and increased both anti-inflammatory agents and infection-fighting cells. Gamma waves recorded by an electroencephalogram (EEG) suggested the treat could positively impact cognitive function and creativity even two hours after eating it.


This article appears in the December 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Thermography Advantage

Carolyn Olson was attending a cancer prevention seminar as a nurse when she first discovered thermography.

Mind Performance Center, LLC

The Mind Performance Center, LLC, in Foley, Alabama, improves quality of life by providing non-drug rehabilitation for a range of brain disorders including depression (even treatment-resistant depression), dementia, traumatic brain injury, autism, stroke, ADHD and Parkinson’s.

Kratom and Company

Anyone who’s ever walked into Kratom and Company, the natural supplement shop in Fort Walton Beach, has met Larry Nichols—the older gentleman with salt-and-pepper hair and a big smile.

Empathic Practice

Organized in 2018, Empathic Practice helps people achieve healthy lifestyles through a multidisciplinary, holistic approach that includes wellness, meditation, mindfulness and massage—combined, when appropriate, with medical marijuana recommendations.

More Physicians Recommending Biofeedback for Stress and Anxiety

Biofeedback, an energetic method of reading potential stressors in the mental, emotional and physical bodies, has gained a foothold in Western medicine as an effective, natural way to ease stress, which has been linked to disease.

Add your comment:

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT