There are hundreds of natural compounds in chocolate, and they affect our brains, as they emit neurotransmitters. These can influence our feelings and make us feel happy. The raw, unprocessed beans from the cacao tree are among a number of so-called’superfoods’, so they belong to the same class as the humble broccoli florets that lots of children hate.
Cacao beans contain potent antioxidants than can be found in green tea or red wine. Antioxidants are, quite simply, compounds, either artificial, or in this case, natural, which work to prevent, or delay oxidization and so they help fight the aging process and free radicals in the body, which can cause cancer.
Researchers believe that the antioxidants found in cacao beans can help lower the risks of a stroke, lower blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease, in addition to preventing, or at least delaying prostate cancer.
Dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate is better for our health because it contains more of the cocoa bean than white chocolate. Researchers believe that the flavanols present in dark chocolate excite the endothelium (the arteries lining), thus producing nitric oxide (NO3). This, in turn, transmits messages into the arteries, instructing them to unwind, so reducing blood pressure.
A hundred gram bar of chocolate containing 70-85% of cocoa has various minerals inside, including selenium that is a proven mood enhancer. It has 98% of the recommended daily dose of manganese, 67% of the recommended dose of iron, 58 percent of the recommended dose of magnesium, 89 percent of the recommended dose of copper and a huge 98 percent of manganese. Additionally, it has zinc, phosphorus, and potassium it. In other words, dark chocolate is good for us! Another plus point is that it contains less sugar than milk chocolate.
Caffeine and theobromine are also available in dark chocolate, but the little amounts of these stimulants are very unlikely to keep you awake at night!
What’s the connection between chocolate and happiness? Well, when you haven’t ever experienced the gratifying feeling you get when you eat chocolate, then maybe you should try eating a small number of dark chocolate. The smooth texture and delightful taste, coupled with the feeling of well-being you get will probably make you a comprehensive chocolate fan!
To make you feel better when you are depressed, there is nothing better than chocolate!