How Dark Chocolate Can Help You Feel Less Stressed and Improve Your Mood

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Many people love chocolate, and if you take away the sugar, it (specifically dark chocolate with at least 70 % cocoa) has health benefits you may not know about – and it can help you feel less stressed and happier!

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In dark chocolate, researchers have found magnesium, which can help you relax. It has been called “the original chill pill” because of how good it is at helping you relax.

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Dark chocolate can also increase the production of endorphins (“feel-good” chemicals). Endorphins help lead to a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness called euphoria and can reduce pain and the negative effects that come with stress.

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Just like fruits such as pineapple, dark chocolate has serotonin (“an antidepressant that elevates mood”, as noted on Reader’s Digest). Chocolate also has flavanols, which are also thought to contribute to the chocolate’s ability to enhance mood.

Rebecca Scritchfield, RD and author of Body Kindness, told Reader’s Digest that she “wouldn’t rely on chocolate (or any food) as your go-to mood buster,” so that being said, it’s important to remember to have chocolate in moderation. While recommendations may vary, the recommended amount of dark chocolate consumption is anywhere between 0.5 and 3 ounces per day to experience the benefits.

The following sources helped me learn about how dark chocolate helps reducing stress, making people feel happier, and enhancing mood:
Be Brain Fit

Reader’s Digest

Runner’s World

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