The results of some recent experimental trials have shown that eating dark chocolate can reduce stress and inflammation. It can also improve your immunity, mood and memory. This is apparently all because of the high concentration of cacao that it contains, a huge source of flavonoids. These are very powerful antioxidants with mechanisms that benefit the brain and cardiovascular health. According to Lee S. Berg, the lead investigator of these trials, for years, researchers have only looked at the effect of dark chocolate on the brain. However, they only took into account the amount of sugar for their research.
It’s not a secret that the more sugar we eat, the happier we are. Now, this is the first study to show that large quantities of cacao coming from chocolate bars also have some interesting effects on humans. Especially over short periods of time. Moreover, the study encourages people to eat dark chocolate. Moreover, according to the researchers, dark chocolate also affects the human gene expression. Berk says that the higher the concentration of cacao in dark chocolate, the more positive the effects on memory, immunity, mood and cognition are.
Dark chocolate is good for you
Regularly eating dark chocolate has a lot of benefits for the human brain. In order to reach this conclusion, the team of experts analyzed the electroencephalography response when people ate 48g of dark chocolate. They first measured this after 30 minutes, the acute period, and then after 120 minutes, the chronic period.
This is how they managed to notice the extraordinary effects that cacao has on the human brain. However, Berk says that more research is needed. The next step is to discover the importance of these effects on the brain and the immune cells. But larger groups of volunteers need to take part in these future investigations in order for them to be as accurate as possible.
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