Activate Now
 
ProHealth fibromyalgia Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

16 Things Fibromyalgia Sufferers Need to Stop Doing

How to Cope When Others Don't Understand Your Illness

Melatonin Helps Fibromyalgia Pain: A Double-Blind Study

Super Bowl Champ Dominique Easley Tackles Fibromyalgia for His Sister

Update on the Genetics of Fibromyalgia

Potential Sleep-Related Treatment Targets for Fibromyalgia Identified

Neurogenic Neuroinflammation in Fibromyalgia and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Epigenetics, Fibromyalgia and You!

Getting a Great Night Sleep with Fibromyalgia - Even When You've Tried EVERYTHING!

SURVEY: Have You Been Misdiagnosed?

 
Print Page
Email Article

Clinical Trial Helps Explain Chocolate’s Mojo for Those with Emotional Stress

  [ 31 votes ]   [ 2 Comments ]
www.ProHealth.com • January 24, 2010


There may well be another important reason for giving your sweetheart sweets for Valentine’s Day besides the traditional romantic one: The “chocolate cure” for emotional stress is now getting new support from a clinical trial published online in the American Chemical Society’s 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.
___

Source: American Chemical Society news release Jan 22, 1010

* See free-access article: “Metabolic Effects of Dark Chocolate Consumption on Energy, Gut Microbiota, and Stress-Related Metabolism in Free-Living Subjects.” 

** For more information on the metabolic effects of the phenylethylamine molecule (“PEA”) found in chocolate and other plant sources, see the article reproduced recently from Allergy Research Group’s Focus newsletter – “Mood-Lifting Effects of a Chocolate Binge without the Sugar and Guilt.”



Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 

Chocolate vs. Stress
Posted by: holly49
Jan 27, 2010
This is good news for us chocolate lovers. However, how dark is dark? What percentage of cocoa should the chocolate contain? I see the packages marked 60% and up. Which percentage do you recommend?
Reply Reply

Choclate in terms of health benefits
Posted by: Chocolateer
Apr 18, 2010
It's true that dark chocolate, or rather cocao, is very high in antioxidants, flavonoids and other beneficial things, however we typically lose those powerful benefits during the processing of our favorite chocolate treats. I'm a chocoholic too, which is why a friend introduced me to a chocolate that is cold-processed and truly is a health product. (she knew I'd be totaly hooked)I just eat my chocolate every day and consider it just a tastier way to take my vitamins. lol If you haven't heard of the company, here it is. http://mxi.myvoffice.com/toplineprofessionals/
Reply Reply
 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Save on Nutritional Supplement Orders

Featured Products

B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™ Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™
The B-12 your brain needs for detox & sharpness
ChocoLift™ Chocolate Supplement ChocoLift™ Chocolate Supplement
Supports Increased Energy & Mental Acuity
Guaifenesin FA™ Guaifenesin FA™
Natural Expectorant Relieves Chest Congestion

Natural Remedies

Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance
Priming Your Immune System for Cold & Flu Season Priming Your Immune System for Cold & Flu Season
The Surprising Benefits of Probiotics - What You Didn't Know The Surprising Benefits of Probiotics - What You Didn't Know
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sleep But Were Too Tired to Ask Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sleep But Were Too Tired to Ask
Strengthen Cell Function with Energy-Boosting Niagen Strengthen Cell Function with Energy-Boosting Niagen

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS Diagnosis
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE  |  PRIVACY
CONTACT US
LIBRARY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing