5 Ways Chocolate Helps with Depression

Chocolate is made from a fruit tree called the theo-bromine cacao. The seeds, also known as cacao beans, are dried and ground into cocoa, which is then used to make chocolate. Chocolate has many health benefits and can help you to better deal with depression.

Depression is a chronic state of feeling unhappy, stressed or even angry. Depression has many negative effects on the whole body, because not only is the mind depressed, but the immune system as well. This can cause fatigue, physical pain, and puts you at higher risk for other physical diseases. Antidepressants may be able to help you if you are depressed, but studies have shown that dark chocolate can also help with depression in many different ways.

Contains Tryptophan

Dark, as well as raw chocolate, contains high amounts of tryptophan, which is an amino acid that breaks down into two other very important neurotransmitters. These are serotonin and melatonin, and both help to protect you against stress.

Serotonin is a natural antidepressant, which goes to work immediately to lift your spirits as well as help to stabilize your mood swings, which are associated with depression.

Melatonin helps you to relax and fall into a deep sleep at night. Deep sleep is essential, as this is when your body repairs itself from the stress it encounters each day. It also helps to naturally restore the serotonin levels to help you better cope during stressful situations. 

Increases Dopamine

Dopamine can help to reduce unexplained pain that is often associated with depression. It can also help to boost your brain power, help you sleep better and stabilize your moods. On top of that it will also help you to overcome social anxiety, allowing you to be more active and outgoing. Studies have shown that those who are very outgoing are the least likely to be depressed.

Contains Mono-amines

Mono-amines help to stabilize your moods by allowing the serotonin and dopamine to remain in your body for longer periods of time.

Increases Endorphins

Dark chocolate helps to increase the production of endorphins, which are small proteins that are naturally produced by the nervous system and other parts of the body. They help to reduce stress, pain, and food cravings that may contribute to your state of depression. They can help you to achieve a natural state of bliss without any side effects. 

Contains Nutrients and Antioxidants

Chocolate is rich with B vitamins which help your brain to function properly. It also contains iron and magnesium which help to improve your state of happiness.

Depression can cause you to feel tired and fatigued, leaving you with no energy or ambition to do anything. This may often be caused by the high amounts of free radicals in your body. Chocolate can help you to find relief from these symptoms, as the high amounts of antioxidants help to get rid of free radicals that weigh you down. 

If using chocolate to help lift your moods, try to opt for dark or even raw chocolate, as it contains more essential nutrients and antioxidants to help lift your moods. Avoid all milk chocolate or other chocolate that contains caramel or other high-sugar ingredients, as sugar can actually increase your state of depression.

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  • Linda Corbin

    Only if it’s dark chocolate!!