There are hundreds of organic compounds in chocolate, and they affect our brains, as they exude neurotransmitters. These can affect our feelings and make us feel happy. The raw, unprocessed beans from the cacao tree are one of a number of so-called’superfoods’, so that they belong to the same class as the humble broccoli florets that many children hate.
Cacao beans contain potent antioxidants than may be found in green tea or red wine. Antioxidants are, quite simply, chemicals, either man-made, or in this case, natural, which work to prevent, or delay oxidization and so they help combat the aging process and free radicals in the body, which may lead to cancer.
Researchers believe that the antioxidants found in cacao beans can help lower the risks of a stroke, lower blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as preventing, or at least delaying prostate cancer.
Dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate is better for our health because it contains more of the cocoa bean than white chocolate. Researchers believe that the flavanols present in dark chocolate excite the endothelium (the arteries lining), thus producing nitric oxide (NO3). This, in turn, transmits messages into the arteries, instructing them to relax, so reducing blood pressure.
A hundred gram bar of dark chocolate containing 70-85percent of cocoa has various minerals inside, including selenium which is an established mood enhancer. It’s 98% of the recommended daily dose of manganese, 67% of the recommended dose of iron, 58% of the recommended dose of magnesium, 89 percent of the recommended dose of copper and a huge 98% of manganese. It also has zinc, phosphorus, and potassium it. In other words, dark chocolate is good for us!
Caffeine and theobromine are also available in dark chocolate, but the small amounts of these stimulants are extremely unlikely to keep you awake at night!
What is the link between Raccoon Control and happiness? Well, if you haven’t ever experienced the gratifying feeling you get when you eat chocolate, perhaps you should try eating a small number of dark chocolate. The smooth texture and delightful taste, coupled with the feeling of well-being you get will probably make you a complete chocolate fan!
To make you feel better when you’re depressed, there is nothing better than chocolate!