Does dark chocolate relieve anxiety?


Chocolate is one such universal favourite, which does not need an introduction, it’s indulgent taste and captivating aroma is enough to lift up your mood and make you happy. There’s nothing better than delving into a smooth dark chocolate and no wonder whether it is good or not, the love for chocolates will never fades away.

Well, if you too are a chocolate lover, then there’s a great news for you as a recent study backs the fact that gorging on dark chocolate can help in relieving stress and anxiety. Moreover, It can also help in calming down depressive symptoms. However, it also depends on the intensity of the problem.

According to a study published in the Journal of Depression and Anxiety based on research from the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services Canada. Wherein a compiled data was assessed from 13,626 adults from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It was focused on how the participants responded after consumption of various types of chocolates.

Apart from observing the behaviour after consumption of chocolates over a period of time, several other things were taken into consideration such as height, weight, marital status, ethnicity, education, household income, physical activity, smoking and chronic health problems. This also reflected how consumption of chocolate help in treating depressive symptoms.

As per the lead author of the study, Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care) said: “This study provides some evidence that consumption of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, may be associated with reduced odds of clinically relevant depressive symptoms.

Moreover, the research established that people who consumed chocolates were less likely to be depressed this is simply because chocolates are enriched with the goodness of psychoactive ingredients that help in releasing serotonin, phenylethylamine, neuromodulators, which helps in elevating the mood and keeps you calm. However, the study also emphasised on the fact the it helps in improving the mood only if the chocolate and its taste is palatable and pleasant to eat as it helps in giving the body ample antioxidants and reduce the stress and depressive symptoms. However, it is just a small way to improve your mood, if you are experiencing severe mood swings and depressive symptoms, then seeking the right medical advice is essential.

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