Boost Your Mood With Dark Chocolate

Boost Your Mood With Dark Chocolate

Author -  Healtheries Naturopath

Dark chocolate contains a good source of polyphenols, special plant compounds linked to improved mood and calmness

A new study1 published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggests drinking a cup of dark chocolate daily could improve mood. Chocolate (Theobroma cacao) contains a good source of polyphenols, special plant compounds that are linked to improved health, longevity and feelings of calm.

Which other foods and beverages contain polyphenols?

Polyphenol compounds are found in many fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants including pine bark extract. Some of these include:

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Dates
  • Kiwifruit
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Green tea
  • Red wine
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Almonds
  • Flaxseed

Why is a diet rich in polyphenols important for my health?

The health benefits of polyphenols have been the focus of research in recent years where scientists have studied their unique and powerful antioxidant activity. Antioxidants play an important role in supporting total body wellness, helping to maintain cell health and protect the body against the harmful effects of free radicals.

Polyphenol compounds have been shown to help support heart health, eye health, brain function and may also act as anti-inflammatory compounds which are helpful in some chronic or degenerative disease.

J Psychopharmacol 2013;27:451–8