When you’re going through a particularly stressful time, or experiencing a stressful day, what do you do to alleviate your stress levels? Do you exercise, get a massage, meditate, or stimulate your limbic system through some aromatherapy? There are many, natural ways to help reduce your stress levels. One method you may not be too familiar with is the consumption of dark chocolate. That’s right… a new study has found that your favorite guilty pleasure is now also a great stress reliever.
According to a new Swiss study, published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, consuming 50 grams of dark chocolate before a stressful event may help halt the increase of stress hormones; cortisol and epinephrine.1 The randomized study had men consume either dark chocolate or a placebo two hours before a stress test was given to them. The results showed that the men who had consumed the dark chocolate had a dulled response of cortisol and epinephrine levels after being subjected to a mock job interview and mental arithmetic task in front of an audience.
The reason behind the decrease in stress levels through the consumption of dark chocolate have been linked to the flavanols found in cocoa; particularly epicatechin. A 100 gram dark chocolate bar is said to contain about 41.50 mg of epicatechin compared to a milk chocolate bar which contains about 10.45 mg. Other studies conducted on dark chocolate have found similar results as the recent Swiss study. In 2009, a study published in the Journal of Proteome Research, found that consuming 40 grams of dark chocolate per day, for two weeks helped reduce stress hormones; cortisol and catecholamines.2 A similar study in 2013 found that cocoa flavanols may help enhance your mood, keeping you calmer and more content, but not affecting ones cognitive performance.3
In addition to the links found between dark chocolate consumption and reduced stress levels, dark chocolate is known to provide many other benefits. Some of these benefits include cardiovascular support, diabetes prevention, and even weight loss support. So, next time you are in need of a mood booster, grab a piece of Youngevity’s Triple Truffle™ Chocolate that will also provide you with a dose of calcium, Vitamin D and magnesium for healthy bones, plus reishi mushroom extract for immune support. There is nothing to feel guilty about when consuming Youngevity® Healthy Chocolate products.*
Next time you or someone you know is feeling a little stressed, hand them some healthy dark chocolate!
*NOTE: A surcharge of $20.00 will be applied to all chocolate orders to cover ice packs, additional shipping materials and expedited shipping UPS 3 Day Air EXCEPT for Florida. All chocolate orders going to Florida MUST be shipped via 2nd Day Air due to the extreme heat.
Rocio Ramos, Contributing Writer
Youngevity Marketing Team
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