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Chocolate as a Stress Reliever

Chocolate as a Stress RelieverWith Valentine‚Äôs Day on the horizon, a new study gives additional support for treating your loved one with sweets — especially chocolate — for the special day.

In a new clinical trial, researchers 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.

The clinical study of the “chocolate cure” for emotional stress is published online in the America Chemical Society’s Journal of Proteome Research.

In the article, researchers discuss emerging 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.

Source: American Chemical Society (ACS)

Chocolate as a Stress Reliever

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Chocolate as a Stress Reliever. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 22, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/01/27/chocolate-as-a-stress-reliever/10993.html

 

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