Study: Dark Chocolate Consumption Can Reduce Stress And Inflammation

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Source: The Daily Sheeple

April 25, 2018

by The Daily Sheeple

A study confirming what most of us already have figured out for ourselves was recently published.  The researchers say that the consumption of dark chocolate can reduce stress and lower inflammation.

According to Science Daily, new research shows there might be health benefits to eating certain types of dark chocolate. Findings from two studies being presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego show that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) 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 in human subjects to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine, and cardiovascular health.

And the results of the study show several benefits to consuming dark chocolate – the darker the better.

Dr. Lee S. Berk, the associate dean of research affairs with the School of Allied Health Professions and a researcher in psychoneuroimmunology and food science from Loma Linda University, served as principal investigator on both studies. “For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content — the more sugar, the happier we are,” Berk said. “This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans 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.”

This pilot feasibility experimental trial examined the impact of 70 percent cacao chocolate consumption on human immune and dendritic cell gene expression, with focus on pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines. Study findings show cacao consumption up-regulates multiple intracellular signaling pathways involved in T-cell activation, cellular immune response, and genes involved in neural signaling and sensory perception –– the latter potentially associated with the phenomena of brain hyperplasticity.

This study assessed the electroencephalography (EEG) response to consuming 48 g of dark chocolate (70% cacao) after an acute period of time (30 mins) and after a chronic period of time (120 mins), on modulating brain frequencies 0-40Hz, specifically beneficial gamma frequency (25-40Hz). Findings show that this superfood of 70 percent cacao enhances neuroplasticity for behavioral and brain health benefits.Science Daily


Editor’s Note:

Even better…try this. Slice up 2 organic bananas and put them in a blender, add 1/2 cup of organic cacao powder and 2 cups of unsweetened almond or coconut milk. Blend until the bananas are liquefied and enjoy. Makes roughly 24 ounces (more or less depending on size of bananas) of processed-sugar-free, organic, 100% dark chocolate smoothie. Processed sugar is deadly and the only sugar in this recipe is the naturally-occurring sugar in the bananas. Delicious and nutritious.

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