Dark chocolate improves your mood and memory while lowering stress

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In California, consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70 percent cacao) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity.

“For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content – the more sugar, the happier we are,” Berk said. “This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time, and are encouraged by the findings. These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.”

The flavonoids in cacao are potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents and this is the first human study to determine how the effects can support cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health.