Dark chocolate is good for the brain and the body, here are all the benefits that were discovered by researchers.
Extra-dark chocolate is really good for our body and our brain. The definitive confirmation is given by the researchers of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions who are currently presenting the results of their studies on the occasion of the Experimental Biology 2018 meeting.
How chocolate should be
The researchers explain that those who eat dark chocolate, at least 70% and with 30% organic cane sugar, get obvious benefits on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immune defense system. In short, dark chocolate is good for the health of body, mind and brain. For the first time, researchers have been able to demonstrate the effects of flavonoids on humans and how they are able to support cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health. "For years – they explain – we focused on the effects of dark chocolate on neurological functions starting from the quantities of sugar believing that more sugar meant more happiness. This is the first time that we observe the impact of a large quantity of cocoa in doses comparable to the bars we eat and on even short periods. The results are encouraging. These studies show that the higher the concentration of cocoa, the more positive it is the impact on the mind, memory, mood, immunity and other aspects of health".
The two studies
The positive effects of flavonoids, potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, have been demonstrated in two studies:
The first shows how chocolate manages to regulate the activation of the cells responsible for the immune response, of the T-lymphocytes and of the genes that involve the neural signals and the sensory perception.
The second one shows, through electroencephalography, that 30 minutes after eating 48 grams of 70% dark chocolate, our neuroplasticity improves and there are benefits on the health of the brain.
In short, it is time to eat some dark chocolate.