(Reuters Life! -November 13, 2009) German and Swiss researchers have found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced the levels of stress hormones in highly stressed people.
Dark chocolate, which is rich in a variety of bioactive compounds, also partially corrected other imbalances in the body related to stress.
"The study provides strong
evidence that a daily consumption of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) during a period of
two weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of healthy human
volunteers," wrote the researchers led by Sunil Kochhar,
The "chocolate cure" for emotional stress is getting new support from a clinical trial published online in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research. It found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed. Everyone's favorite treat also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances.(Read entire article).