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Dark Chocolate Consumption May Reduce Depression Symptoms | Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology | Sci-News.com

A new study, published recently in the journal Depression and Anxiety, provides evidence that consumption of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, may be associated with reduced odds of clinically relevant depressive symptoms.

Principally, chocolate contains a number of psychoactive ingredients which produce a feeling of euphoria similar to that of cannabinoid, found in cannabis. It also contains phenylethylamine, a neuromodulator which is believed to be important for regulating people’s moods.

Experimental evidence suggests that mood improvements only take place if the chocolate is palatable and pleasant to eat, which suggests that the experience of enjoying chocolate is an important factor, not just the ingredients present.

Source: Dark Chocolate Consumption May Reduce Depression Symptoms | Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology | Sci-News.com

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