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Oct 29, 2007

Do you know why dark chocolates are beneficial?

Prof. Know Why answers:

Chocolates are always yummy, delicious and irresistible, especially with girls and kids. And now, they also seem to be beneficial for your health because a daily dose of yummy dark chocolate may help patients suffering from the chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Serotonin (a brain chemical related to CFS) is believed to play an important role in the regulation of anger, aggression, body temperature, mood, sleep, vomiting, appetite and fatigue. According to scientists from Hull York Medical School, dark chocolates have been found to lower levels of serotonin. The research team said that patients with CFS, found that their symptoms were reduced when they consumed dark chocolate, much more so when they consumed milk chocolate that had brown dye added to it. The researchers noted that patients taking dark chocolate reported significantly less fatigue when they started eating the sweet. They also reported more fatigue when they stopped eating it. The scientists, however, stressed that the quantity of dark chocolate consumed should be moderate.

Endocrinologists say, dark chocolate is high in polyphenols, which have been associated with health benefits, like reduction in blood pressure. Also, high polyphenols appear to improve levels of serotonin in the brain , which has been linked with CFS.

According to doctors and nutritionists, cocoa is rich in antioxidant properties and so consuming dark chocolate can over stimulate the nervous system, helping reducing fatigue.

So cheer up all you girls and chocolate lovers – now you have reasons to gorge on your favorite dark chocolates.

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