Chocolate Helps Lower Stress
Written by Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy
January 11, 2010
Dark Chocolate Health Benefits: Reduces Stress Chemicals
Researchers gave 30 people with low to high anxiety 1.4
ounces of dark chocolate every day for two weeks. Test subjects gave blood and urine samples three times
during the study to monitor the stress chemicals cortisol and catecholamines. The people with high anxiety
excreted less stress chemicals in their urine when they ate the daily dark chocolate. The dark chocolate
also helped correct stress related imbalances in energy metabolism and intestinal function.
Reference Source: Journal of Proteome Research, 2009 Dec;8(12):5568-79.
Natural Care Solution
Dark chocolate contains high doses of antioxidants and beneficial healing nutrients. Milk chocolate and white
chocolate have been diluted and do not contain beneficial amounts of the good nutrients. Milk chocolate and white
chocolate often contain more sweeteners and calories.
Most research studies find it takes less than 2 oz. of dark chocolate each day to obtain health
benefits. More is not always better! I typically let a bite of Pacari Organic Dark Chocolate slowly dissolve
in my mouth in the morning as I’m fixing my hot green tea or cappuccino and again at night for a
I enjoy the dark chocolate separate from meals to keep from overdoing my hourly carbohydrate load.
We recommend Pacari Organic Chocolate. Stop by our Health
Food Store and try a free sample. Our Health Food Store is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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