How does chocolate affect our mood?

As human beings, we all go through some sudden mood swings, sometimes for no direct reasons, and sometimes for several reasons, don’t we?

Passing through mood swings, we all crave living in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and be surrounded by nothing but chocolate fountains, non-ending chocolate bars, without forgetting all types of candies. We feel you, don’t worry!

But the real question here, is there a real link between mood and chocolate? Is it true that chocolate can help us boost our mood, or is it just a grandma’s and fairytale’s myth?

Buckle up, you’re about to read some scientific facts about chocolate, but don’t worry, you’ll get a better prize than a chocolate bar at the end of this blog!

 In fact, studies have shown that dark chocolate can boost the brain function and can sometimes lower depression and anxiety.

Dark chocolate and cocoa contain an amino acid called tryptophan. This acid is used by the brain to produce Serotonin. The production of Serotonin can increase the feeling of happiness in the person. And the darker the chocolate, the more serotonin would be produced, the happier you’ll feel.Therefore, cocoa helps the brain release endorphins which lower the stress level in a person and helps with the wellbeing. We’re pretty sure you’re at the grocery shop now buying some cocoa!

Guess what? Cocoa beans are organic antidepressants! Asking yourselves how? Here you go: Phenyl ethyl alanine is a natural antidepressant that works with dopamine in the brain, and it gives off what is known as a euphoric feeling and is released when cocoa is eaten.

Finally, Theobromine is a mild stimulant present in cocoa. It produces a high feeling after eating dark chocolate. It helps you with your mood by giving you a small boost, what a happiness booster.

Cocoa is a very good source of mood booster, but don’t forget that moderate is the best way to enjoy your chocolate, as it contains caffeine that might increase the blood pressure!

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