Brain Boosting Benefits Of Dark Chocolate
The Link Between Dark Chocolate & Brain Health
We all love chocolate.. it’s taste and the way it makes us feel… but did you know that chocolate is really the exception to the rule surrounding things that we love to eat…. Its rare that something that tastes so nice is actually good for us, but chocolate is different…
Eating dark chocolate helps to boost moods, protects the brain from cellular damage, helps to boost our focus and concentration, as well as reducing stress and anxiety….
Here are a few benefits and reasons why you should be eating dark chocolate..
Eating Dark Chocolate Makes Us Happy
Eating chocolate boosts the release of endorphins – also known as ‘feel good’ chemicals.. when levels of these increase, it can lead to feelings of euphoria and can also help reduce feelings of stress and pain… Chocolate is a key source of a substance called tryptophan which is a precursor to the release of serotonin – the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of happiness and positive thoughts…
Dark chocolate also contains a compound called Phenlethylamine – commonly known as the ‘love drug’ because it causes a similar buzz often associated with feelings of love.. Chocolate also contains Theobromine… a close relation to caffeine which is believed to have aphrodisiac type effects..
Boost Blood Flow
Dark chocolate contains certain flavonoids that help dilate blood vessels which in turn increases blood flow to the brain.. studies have shown that by increasing blood flow to the brain, working memory, focus, action time sand attention spans are all increased..
A study carried out at Harvard showed that for 2-3 hours after after drinking 2 cups of hot chocolate, test subjects recorded up to 30% increase in working memory speed.. (Read Study Here)
Protects Celluar Damage
We are are all exposed to cellular damage caused by toxins in the atmosphere ( pollution etc).. they atack our brain cells just like water and oxygen attacks some metals causing it to rust…
Dark chocolate is very high in antioxidants.. this helps stop these toxins ( known as free radicals) from attacking our brain cells and also preventing cellular ageing caused by simply getting older… Its fact that cool powder for intense actually contains more antioxidants than many of these so called superfoods like blueberries, pomegranate and ace berry..
Improves Learning And Memory
The flavanoids in dark chocolate penetrate deep into the hippocampus – the part of the brain responsible for the learning, memory and recall processes studies have shown that these flavonoids boost cognitive function ( read study here -)…
Chocolate also contains small amounts of caffeine which is another proven brain booster known for its ability to boost moods, concentration and focus
Dark Chocolate Can Reduce Stress
Chocolate contains good levels of magnesium, an essential mineral that is largely missing from our diet.. this is known for its ability to reduce the release of the stress hormone Cortisol… which in turn helps to make us calmer and more resilient to stress
Dark Chocolate Could Help Reduce Chances Of Dementia
The powerful antioxidants in dark chocolate have been found to be so effects at reducing cellular damage that experts now believe that it can actually reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly. one study that followed 1367 people aged over 65 years old demonstrated this effect – read it here –
Dark Chocolate Could Make You Smarter
This is not a joke… a study published in the reputable New England Journal Of Medicine has demonstrated that this fact is actually true – Read The Study Article Here – ( it shows that more Nobel prize winners come from countries that consume larger amounts of chocolate)
Chocolate is a delicious food that not only tastes great, it has proven benefits to your body, in particular your brain. it can make you happier, fit and focussed, helping you to live a long and stress free life..
The stronger the better, but it can be an aquired taste – Just choose the darkest chocolate that you like ( i suggest that you start with 50% concentration and increase as your taste allows.).