Chocolate & Mood | Natural Health Podcast

Date: 06/04/2010

The Effects Of Chocolate

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There are more than 600 chemicals in chocolate, and some of them influence the level of feel-good brain chemicals. Studies have shown that chocolate stimulates the release of dopamine, otherwise known as the "love" hormone, and serotonin, which eases pain. According to Professor Parker of the Blackdog Institute, who led a 2007 study of the impact of chocolate on mood, "The opioids are morphine-like and lower pain and that also flows through into mental well-being." But the opiate effect of chocolate does not necessarily lead to bliss or even relief, a new study concludes. Listen to this health podcast for more information about the impact of chocolate on mood and the natural health remedies that are may be much better for your health.

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    Submitted by Suzette on
    February 22, 2011 - 4:53am

    I too am a chocolate lover, however, correct me if I'm wrong, is it not endorphins that have a pain easing effect, being the body's natural opioid? Seratonin, like dopamine is a neurotransmitter, and affects mood.

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    Submitted by Michaela on
    March 22, 2011 - 2:08am

    I believe you are quite correct, Suzette. Plus, I am not convinced that there is any true substitute for chocolate!!!

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    Submitted by Shashank Yadav on
    September 13, 2011 - 1:01am

    eh! does it really helpful in reducing pain ? what i say its awesome

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    Submitted by Suzette on
    February 22, 2011 - 4:53am

    I too am a chocolate lover, however, correct me if I'm wrong, is it not endorphins that have a pain easing effect, being the body's natural opioid? Seratonin, like dopamine is a neurotransmitter, and affects mood.

  •  
    Submitted by Michaela on
    March 22, 2011 - 2:08am

    I believe you are quite correct, Suzette. Plus, I am not convinced that there is any true substitute for chocolate!!!

  •  
    Submitted by Shashank Yadav on
    September 13, 2011 - 1:01am

    eh! does it really helpful in reducing pain ? what i say its awesome

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    Submitted by Martin on
    October 17, 2016 - 1:07pm

    So which is better for you? Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate? How about plain coco in the can bought at the market? Can it be used in smoothies along with 'good' sugar?

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    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    October 18, 2016 - 9:49pm

    Dark chocolate is healthier than milk or white chocolate because it contains a higher concentration of cocoa, and cocoa contains flavonoids.  Flavonoids are a form of antioxidant that help repair damage to the cardiovascular system at a cellular level.  So it makes sense that dark chocolate in particular has been associated with cardiovascular-related benefits and more.  Not sure there is such a thing as "good sugar" and Jon Barron recommends to reduce dairy in the diet.

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