Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dark chocolate reduces stress

Consuming 40 grams of dark chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa a day lowers stress hormone in humans that it is very exposed, and thus increased the list of benefits offered by flavinoids, ingredient cocoa.
The benefits of eating dark chocolate because of its antioxidant effects are already known to the world and our public.

However, scientists have now found that it also lowers levels of stress hormones, published in the May issue of the American Society of Chemists' Journal of Proteome Research. "

In an article entitled "Metabolic effects of consuming dark chocolate on energy metabolism and intestinal flora associated with stress," the authors say the study showed that consuming 40 grams of dark chocolate a day reduces stress hormones in people who are highly exposed to it, increasing the list of benefits offered by flavinoids, ingredient cocoa.

"Research has provided strong evidence that daily consumption of 40 grams in two weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism in healthy volunteers," the authors write.

The study included 30 people under stress. Using an approach called "nutrimetabonomics", scientists have evaluated the situation and changes in the metabolism of participants.

Dark chocolate has a direct impact on adrenaline, noradrenaline, normetanephrine, corticosterone, and the stress hormone cortisol, more precisely, their reduction has been proven in the observed group.

Additional evidence of the benefits of dark chocolate include "partially normalize stress-related differences in intestinal microbial activity," which was an important area of ​​research.

Intestinal bacteria play an important role in boosting immunity, the authors write.

Research findings indicate that regular consumption of chocolate with a higher proportion of cocoa can lead to long-term favorable consequence to health associated with stress reduction.

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