Finally there’s a food study we can get excited about!
Two studies out of Loma Linda University have found dark chocolate to have stress relieving properties and can also help improve brain function and memory.
The studies found that dark chocolate, with its high concentration of cacao, can have positive effects on memory, mood, stress levels, inflammation 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. 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” lead investigator Lee S. Berk, associate dean of research affairs at the School of Allied Health Professions and a researcher in psychoneuroimmunology and food science from Loma Linda University, said in a news statement. “These studies show us that the higher concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.”