Dark Chocolate Cravings and Depression

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Why do women say they have dark chocolate cravings when they are depressed?

According to Dr Steve Warren, MD DPA: Dark chocolate contains a compound called tryptophan, which is a precursor of the natural antidepressant hormone serotonin. In fact, research shows that dark chocolate consumption increases levels of dopamine and serotonin in the body.

Cold Processed Cocoa also contains natural dopamine, which elevates moods and has been associated with increased mental acuity, increased concentration and a positive attitude. These two vital chemicals help lower risk of depression and increase overall mental function. In fact, it has been suggested that cocoa contains MAO inhibitor chemicals, which fight depression and may explain the added benefits to those with ADD/ADHD.

Relieve the dark chocolate cravings

It’s also interesting to note that eating dark chocolate tends to trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s own opiates. Increased endorphin levels mean reduced pain sensitivity, a “warm” feeling of contentment, and overall mood elevation. Those trying to kick a smoking habit may also benefit from cocoa’s mood-elevating and depression-fighting abilities to mitigate the irritability and other mood changes associated with nicotine withdrawal.

So does dark chocolate seems to help in overall mental health? What has been your experience?

 

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