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The amazing benefits of dark chocolate mood, pain & more

It is true, there are amazing benefits to eating dark chocolate! I think you will be amazed at all the reason below, chocolate is good for you!

When you are in chronic pain everyday, your neurotransmitters in the brain are depleted, serotonin, dopamine, nor epinephrine and others.

Recently when a well known Christian Md said chocolate raises dopamine levels, I had to study the subject. I have had so much pain and know my dopamine levels are probably dried out from working overtime, depleted daily by my pain levels.

My pain management Md wanted to put me on Requip. I asked the reason and he said, "Pain depletes dopamine, it will help replenish it". I refused and studied the subject instead for something natural.

This is what I came up with, so I just thought I'd throw this out there. I now eat 2 pieces of dark chocolate a day, I don't know if it is because I am getting better, but my pain does seem more tolerable, my mood more level. I can't say for sure if it is the chocolate, but there is legitimate proof to back my claims.

Remember always eat in small amounts and always dark chocolate, not milk chocolate. Milk chocolate defeats the purpose and even having a glass of milk with dark chocolate is not recommended, again it defeats the purpose. Also sugar free dark chocolate is amazingly good (especially the brand below) and really diminishes the chocolate craving.

My personal favorite can be bought at Trader Joes, sugar free and carb free - but you would not know it, it is delicious! http://www.d-lectable.com/product_info. ... cts_id=483

This link lists the following 6 AMAZING reasons to eat dark chocolate everyday, below are more links regarding dark chocolate. http://www.associatedcontent.com/articl ... every.html

1. High flavanoids found in dark chocolate can help your heart, possibly reducing the risk of a heart attack. According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University, "Chocolate that's flavonoid-rich, that's dark, that's good quality, that's not traveling with all of its bad friends like sugar and fat, probably has some fairly potent pro-health benefits, although not as strong as aspirin,"

2. You'll feel calmer instantly. The darker the chocolate, the better to create this effect on your body and mind. Dark chocolate helps release endorphins, your body's natural painkillers. A bite of that potent truffle will transport you to a blissful state immediately!

3. You won't have chocolate cravings all day or week. When you let yourself enjoy and savor your daily morsel, you're less likely to worry about it and scavenge for the next best thing. Enjoy the freedom of indulgence and forget about guilty cravings for good!

4. Chocolate can reduce your blood pressure. On even the the most stressful day, a bite of chocolate can bring that calm feeling towards relaxation, affecting the central nervous system almost immediately, and giving you a chance to breathe. It's no wonder that fans of yoga often pair their session with a small piece of dark chocolate!

5. You'll feel happier; and might just improve your social life. Your mood can dramatically improve from gloomy to spirited with the right amount of dark chocolate. If you get to the point where find yourself hugging everyone, it's indication that it's working (and you may have overdone it this time). Try it, you'll feel calmer, and smile a whole lot more!

6. You'll improve your memory and brain function. The brain releases dopamine after just a couple of squares of dark chocolate; dopamine helps with overall mental function and improves your ability to remember and recall people and events.

These are just six excuses to indulge in some natural goodness every day. Take the steps to improve your health and overall well-being one step at a time, and pick your favorite excuse to enjoy dark chocolate along the way!


Other interesting links:
http://www.diabetesaction.org/site/Page ... ntary_5_07

http://www.yachanagourmet.com/health_benefits.htm

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