Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Dark chocolate reduce stress and make human smarter, study says

Dark chocolate are your best friends, they reduce stress, improve memory Eating Dark Chocolate Will Make You Smarter, Says Best Study Ever
Gustavo Carr | 27 April, 2018, 00:54

"If you're looking for a rationalization or justification for eating more chocolate, you're probably going to find it in this study", Dr. Jen Ashton said on Good Morning America.

Consuming dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, according to two studies presented this week at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego. The latest such research centers on dark chocolate, and how some varieties could reduce stress and improve our memory, among other benefits. While many still warn against its possible health risks, there have been scientific and medical papers suggesting the opposite, that chocolate isn't as bad for our health as we might think.

The new research also linked consumption of dark chocolate with high cacao concentration to other health benefits, including a stronger immune system.

In the trial, scientists tested 30 people with an average age of 26 by giving them either a 47g dark chocolate or 40g milk chocolate bar and then testing their eyesight just under two hours later. A 2012 study conducted by the University of California looked at the diet of 1000 Americans found that those who ate dark chocolate a few times a week were on an average, slimmer than those who ate it occasionally.

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"We have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content, the more sugar [there is], the happier we are".

For the study, the team for the first time examined 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.

Likewise, Harvard Chan School instructor Dr. Elizabeth Mostofsky, who wasn't involved in the studies, cautioned that eating large quantities of chocolate is still not advisable, due to the high fat and sugar content found in these products. These extremely extremely potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, may have beneficial effects for brain and cardiovascular health, the researchers said.

Chocolate has a positive effect on the expression of genes associated with transmission of signals by neurons, and sensory perception. It turned out that cocoa contained in chocolate improves the intracellular signaling pathways that are involved in the activation of T-cells responsible for immune response.