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Healing anxiety – Dr. Mercola on “Dark Chocolate: The New Antianxiety Drug”

Posted Dec 18 2009 3:56pm

Chocolate Therapy by Linda Troeller

Chocolate could be more than just a welcome distraction, especially from holiday stress. It may have a calming effect on our anxiety.

An ounce and a half a day keeps the stress away

According to Dark Chocolate: The New Antianxiety Drug, by Dr. Mercola, “the use of chocolate as a cure for emotional stress has gotten new support from a clinical trial. The trial found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones.”

High anxiety metabolism

“In the high anxiety group, eating this amount of dark chocolate significantly reduced stress hormone levels, and the participants in this group also reported feeling less anxious after eating chocolate.”

The results may show that “people with higher levels of anxiety also have a distinctly different metabolic profile.”

Raw cocoa powder

“Dr. Mercola warns against eating this much chocolate a day, but cites a second study that shows just which forms of chocolate are likely to be the most beneficial. Raw cocoa powder wins with it’s high level of flavonol antioxidants and lack of sugar.”

Because chocolate can be an anxiety trigger for some, above all ‘know thyself.’

Image: Chocolate Therapy by Linda Troeller

Related:
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Any more chocolate than my limit is an anxiety cause. Jen Crippen
Avoid holiday stress with “9 Holiday Depression Busters”
Elaine Aron on holiday stress relief for sensitive people
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