It’s official: Dark chocolate helps beat the blues
Washington: Eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks can reduce levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed, a new study has found.
Published online in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research, the trial also found that the sweet treat partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances.
In the study, Sunil Kochhar and colleagues 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.