Whether you’re spending this Valentine’s Day with your other half or flying solo, you likely won’t be able to escape this holiday’s most important staple: chocolate. For anyone worrying about the potential weight gain and depression that could ensue after overindulging in chocolate this V day, there is good news: volumes of evidence demonstrate the powerful health-enhancing effects of this sumptuous treat that most of us can’t seem to get enough of.
Here are the results of recent studies noting dark chocolate’s benefits for physical health and emotional wellness.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Proteome Research showed that people who ate 40 grams of dark chocolate daily over a 2 week period experienced significant reductions in stress hormones such as cortisol.
Italian researchers observed a reduction in belly fat among individuals who consumed 100 grams of dark chocolate each day for just 1 week.
An article appearing in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology revealed that antioxidant compounds known as flavanols found in high quality dark chocolate help protect skin against harmful UV light.
A study undertaken by German scientists linked chocolate consumption with remarkable improvements in skin health. Compared to the control group, the skin of women who drank a cocoa beverage rich in flavanols each day for 12 weeks tested 13% more moist, 16% denser, 30% less rough and 42% less scaly.
Eating moderate amounts of good quality dark chocolate is among the most enjoyable ways to enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing. Here’s hoping this knowledge makes your February 14th a little sweeter this year.
Jeremy Stillman is a certified hypnotist and life coach with a passion for supporting others to reach their fullest potential. Jeremy’s integrative approach incorporates Ericksonian hypnosis, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), energy medicine, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and the latest advances in neuroscience to lay the internal groundwork for success. Connect with Jeremy on Facebook or visit JeremyStillman.com for more insightful articles and videos, hypnosis track downloads or to schedule a Skype or face-to-face session.
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