Dark Chocolate Reduces Stress and Inflammation
New research shows there might be health benefits to eating certain types of dark chocolate.
Consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity.
While it is well known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids, this is the first time the effect has been studied to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health.
This is the first time researchers have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar over short or long periods of time, and are encouraged by the findings.
These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.
The flavonoids found in cacao are extremely potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, with known mechanisms beneficial for brain and cardiovascular health.
Further studies and investigations are required, specifically to determine the significance of these effects for immune cells and the brain in larger study populations.
Further research is in progress to elaborate on the mechanisms that may be involved in the cause-and-effect brain-behavior relationship with cacao at this high concentration.