Chocolate And Your Mood

It’s a universal truth that chocolate will improve your mood. Have you ever wondered why it makes you feel better, though? Why is it that this is the first snack food you want when you feel sad or upset? The answers all lie in the power of the delicious cocoa bean and the many different chemicals it contains. A Look at Chocolate There are over 300 naturally occurring chemicals in the cocoa bean – many of which help improve your mood. Phenylethylamine affects your brain’s release of neurotransmitters, which mimic happy feelings. It also increases your pulse rate, so you feel like you do when you’re in love. Some of the other chemicals that affect you include: Anandamide is responsible for producing dopamine which is another feel-good chemical. Endorphins are released into your brain, improving your mood while also decreasing Read More +