Mental Heath Benefits of Chocolate
Chocolate could be considered as one of the best drug alternatives.
Polyphenols are a class of organic, natural or synthetic chemicals. Polyphenols are found in cacao.
Alertness: The caffeine in chocolate is eligible for consumption without risk when looking at the WADA drug list (caffeine is consumable for athletes and football players alike). It greatly assists in enhancing the alertness, reaction time, motor coordination and concentration within individuals
Scientific studies conducted in different universities from around the world concluded that chocolate can help battle depression. Dark chocolate is known to contain certain antioxidants that greatly contribute in strengthening the immune system. Since, depression is a neurological disorder and is based on mood; a single bar of chocolate will help the brain release a set of chemicals that increases production of endorphins and serotonin.
It is the dark bitter one that gets the job done because of the high cocoa solids. Dark chocolate is found to contain a group of chemicals that may help in reducing depression and improving mood.
Chocolate contains antioxidants that battle the free radicals often from environmental toxins. Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals are all naturally occurring cacao plant chemicals.