This has seriously been the longest blog post I have written to date. When I started writing this, I had no idea how many healthy benefits dark chocolate had. I actually went to Trader Joe’s to stock my pregnant daughter up on their dark chocolate, Lol. It can’t hurt, right? Anyway, I’m sorry for all the chocolate talk. Like I said, when I started writing this, I had no idea. With that being said, here is the 3rd and final blog post on the health benefits of dark chocolate.
Dark Chocolate Helps with Depression
When you feel down, what is the first thing you do? One very interesting piece of information has people talking about the role that certain chemicals play in the brain. Many of the chemicals that are found in dark chocolate have been shown to have mood enhancing properties, but there are a precious few that happen to stand out above the rest. In studies done by mental health professionals, the chemical composition of chocolate was found to include the chemical phenylethylamine, which is an important agent that the body manufactures into the hormone serotonin. This means that low serotonin can be supplemented by eating foods containing phenylethylamine.
Dark chocolate also contains the chemical anandamide, which is very similar to THC but without many of its effects. This chemical also has some mood-altering aspects, and has been found to be useful in emotion improvement. Now you can say for a fact that chocolate can cheer you up!
Pregnancy and Preeclampsia
Who would have thought that chocolate can have a positive impact on pregnancy? In studies that were done during and throughout the previous decade, mothers were given cacao dark chocolate to help test its effects on high blood pressure during pregnancy. The Yale study led by Elizabeth Triche discovered that women who had consumed chocolate during pregnancy had healthier blood pressure than women who didn’t. Those who had consumed chocolate had been able to avoid instances of preeclampsia, which is a condition that is caused by blood pressure issues and can harm the baby.
People who were found susceptible to the disease even experienced some arresting of the symptoms. As future research is conducted, it is highly likely that extracts aimed at preventing preeclampsia will be created with a high success rate. According to their research this was caused by the chemical theobromine which was mentioned in Part 2 of this blog post.
Working as a Cough Suppressant
When you have a terrible cough, how do you deal with it? Some will lean towards taking over the counter medicines that suppress the muscular action by numbing the area when applied topically. Others will take syrups that are somewhat unpleasant to arrest this action, but how about a few pieces of chocolate? There have been studies that show dark chocolate can be wonderful for working as a cough suppressant.
It Can Suppress Your Appetite
Do have trouble controlling your eating habits? Reach for a piece of dark chocolate after a healthy meal. Some of the chemicals in dark chocolate can signal the brain to feel as though you’re finished eating. This can be extremely useful when you’re trying to practice self control. This is one of the few snacks you can eat (in moderation, of course) and still lose weight. I think this is why I can have one square and feel satisfied.
There you have it. I think it’s 12 different health benefits of dark chocolate. I for sure will not feel guilty when I decide I need a square. I may need to start making room in my daily carb count for 1 square..especially if it can improve my memory 😉
I hope you have a great weekend!
Talk to you soon,