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“Flavonoids, which are
found in dark chocolate, may boost mood by affecting blood flow in the brain and enhancing executive functioning. Additionally, flavonoids help increase the amount of serotonin and other naturally occurring mood-boosting chemicals in the blood. This is separate from the experience of enjoying what you’re eating, since chocolate can also stimulate the release of endorphins. Because of its antioxidant properties, dark chocolate is increasingly being researched for its effect on boosting immunity, lowering blood pressure, and protecting the heart.”
Serving size: 1 oz. or 30 g
Dr. Ash Nadkarni teaches at Harvard Medical School, is an associate psychiatrist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and conducts research on health-care innovation and medical psychiatry.