DARK CHOCO­LATE — In­flam­ma­tion Fighter?

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Two re­cent stud­ies show dark choco­late con­sump­tion re­duces stress and in­flam­ma­tion, while im­prov­ing me­mory, im­mu­nity, and mood. Re­search pre­sented at the Ex­per­i­men­tal Bi­ol­ogy 2018 meet­ing shows that con­sum­ing dark choco­late that has a high con­cen­tra­tion of ca­cao (min­i­mally 70% ca­cao, 30% or­ganic cane sugar) has pos­i­tive ef­fects on stress lev­els, in­flam­ma­tion, mood, me­mory, and im­mu­nity. While it’s known that ca­cao is a ma­jor source of flavonoids, this is the first time the ef­fect has been stud­ied in hu­man sub­jects to de­ter­mine how it can sup­port cog­ni­tive, en­docrine, and car­dio­vas­cu­lar health. “For years, we have looked at the in­flu­ence of dark choco­late on neu­ro­log­i­cal func­tions from the stand­point of sugar con­tent — the more sugar, the hap­pier we are,” said Lee S. Berk, DrPH, as­so­ciate dean of re­search af­fairs, School of Al­lied Health Pro­fes­sions and a re­searcher in psy­choneu­roim­munol­ogy and food science at Loma Linda Univer­sity, who served as prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor on both stud­ies. “This is the first time that we have looked at the im­pact of large amounts of ca­cao in doses as small as a reg­u­lar-sized choco­late bar in hu­mans, and we are en­cour­aged by the find­ings. These stud­ies show us that the higher the con­cen­tra­tion of ca­cao, the more pos­i­tive the im­pact on cog­ni­tion, me­mory, mood, im­mu­nity, and other ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects.” Re­searchers said the stud­ies re­quire fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, specif­i­cally to de­ter­mine the sig­nif­i­cance of these ef­fects for im­mune cells and the brain in larger study pop­u­la­tions.

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