Sure, you love chocolate, but did you know it can honestly, measureably reduce your stress? It’s true. A study was performed at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland in late 2009 to discover whether dark chocolate was a true stress-reducer, as measured by blood tests, or just a tasty treat that made people think their stress was reduced.
Thirty men and women were involved in this short, 2-week study. At the beginning of the study, blood tests were taken to determine each individual’s metabolic stress factors. Then, the participants were instructed to eat 20 grams of dark chocolate mid-morning and again, mid-afternoon for the entire two week period. That’s a total of 40 grams a day or 1.4 ounces, which is about the same size as a Hershey’s Dark chocolate bar.
At the end of the two-week period, the blood tests were repeated and it was learned that each person’s metabolic stress levels were reduced. Why? Researchers believe it’s because dark chocolate is rich in flavenoids, which are antipoxidants. These antioxidants can benefit the liver, immune system, heart and blood vessels, the connective tissue and muscles, and the adrenals and nervous system.
Their conclusion? “The study provides strong evidence that a daily consumption of 40 g of dark chocolate during a period of 2 weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of… healthy human subjects, as per variation of both host and gut microbial metabolism.”
So, there have it! Next time you’re stressed, eat some dark chocolate. Better yet, have a little bit every single day and you might find your stress is lower all the time!
To your health and beauty,