New Evidence That Dark Chocolate Helps Ease Emotional Stress

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I'd have to watch out for the caffeine, but...maybe an ounce and a half a day could help some of you guys:

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2009) — The "chocolate cure" for emotional stress is getting new support from a clinical trial published online in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research. It found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed. Everyone's favorite treat also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances.

Sunil Kochhar and colleagues note growing scientific evidence that antioxidants and other beneficial substances in dark chocolate may reduce risk factors for heart disease and other physical conditions. Studies also suggest that chocolate may ease emotional stress. Until now, however, there was little evidence from research in humans on exactly how chocolate might have those stress-busting effects.

In the study, scientists identified reductions in stress hormones and other stress-related biochemical changes in volunteers who rated themselves as highly stressed and ate dark chocolate for two weeks. "The study provides strong evidence that a daily consumption of 40 grams [1.4 ounces] during a period of 2 weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of healthy human volunteers," the scientists say.

Now I know I'm dreaming


Pinch me! I must be dreaming.

d - a - r - k c - h - o - c - o - l - a - t - e

Marnia, you are such a tease.


[Edit] Where does dark chocolate fit in with karezza? The possibilities are endless. O. M. G.

Now I know why I love Dark

Now I know why I love Dark chocolate so much. not crazy about other chocolate but I could eat pounds of the dark. It is also good to get about 1 oz. in your diet it is good for your body as well as mind :) .

and I have not had any in awhile. I will have to get some today.

At last I am vindicated.

No more need to justify my spend on dark chocolate. It's all for the cause of healing. [ok] Since our own healing spreads outward to others, it is plausible that with dark chocolate we could save the world.

More details on study

(which was conducted by Nestle...hmmmm....)

Dark Chocolate May Improve Metabolic Stress Response Say Nestlé Researchers
13 Nov 2009

A new study by Nestlé researchers suggests that eating a few pieces of dark chocolate every day may improve the metabolic response of people who report feeling highly stressed.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Proteome Research, was the work of lead investigator Sunil Kochhar, a researcher at the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Anxiety and stress can cause various changes in physical and emotional states in humans, and in the longer term can also lead to serious health consequences.

Other studies have already shown that diet affects human metabolism through its influence on gut bacteria, and this too can have long term health consequences.

For this study, Kochhar and colleagues investigated the metabolic response in a group of 30 healthy adult volunteers who were asked to consume two portions of 20g of dark chocolate every day for up to 14 days.

The volunteers had already filled in validated psychological questionnaires from which the researchers were able to classify them into low and high anxiety traits.

To assess metabolic response, the researchers analyzed urine and blood plasma given by each volunteer during three test days at the beginning, the middle and the end of the 14 day period.

The main measures of metabolic response they looked at were stress-related metabolic changes such as energy metabolism and gut microbial activity.

Kochhar and colleagues wrote that they used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (MS) to study global changes in metabolism over the period of study.

The results showed that:
Subjects with higher anxiety trait had a distinct metabolic profile.

This profile was indicative of a different energy homeostasis (characterized by lactate, citrate, succinate, trans-aconitate, urea, and proline), hormone metabolism (adrenaline, DOPA, 3-methoxy-tyrosine), and gut microbe activity (methylamines, p-cresol sulfate, hippurate).

Dark chocolate reduced the amount of stress hormone cortisol and catecholamines in the urine.

Dark chocolate also partially normalized stress-related differences in energy metabolism (glycine, citrate, trans-aconitate, proline, β-alanine) and gut microbial activities (hippurate and p-cresol sulfate).
The researchers concluded that:

"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 free living and healthy human subjects, as per variation of both host and gut microbial metabolism."

Kochhar told the press that:

"Consuming dark chocolate daily can positively impact the metabolism of people that report having high-stress levels."

"These results strongly support our ongoing metabonomics research efforts to ascertain the impact of certain foods on human metabolism through the adaptation of gut microbial activities."

This is not the first study by the Nestlé Research Center to show that dietary choices, including chocolate, can significantly affect energy and gut bacteria metabolism.

They told the press this week that:

"Scientists at the Nestlé Research Center continue to strengthen their position that the gut ecology and metabolic activity of healthy individuals may be modulated by the diet."

God Bless

Well now,

It was this sight that fully helped me recognize my compulsion issues due its scientific research. NOW.....I can fully enjoy my dark chocolate due to this scientific study.