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Eat Chocolate ~ Less Stress

August 8, 2010

Tryptophan Molecule

Tryptophan Molecule: An Essential Amino Acid

“Cacao contains significant quantities of the essential amino acid tryptophan which is yet another powerful mood enhancing nutrient… The presence of tryptophan in the diet is critical for the production of serotonin, our primary neurotransmitter. Once in our bodies tryptophan reacts with B6 and B3 in the presence of magnesium to produce serotonin. Enhanced serotonin function typically  diminishes anxiety and our ability to fend of stress” Naked Chocolate, David Wolfe

“Chronic stress is correlated with increases in stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines, … and our results suggest potential beneficial implications of dark chocolate consumption for reduction of mental and/or physical stress and improvement of the metabolic response to stress.” Chronic stress; Dark chocolate; Metabonomics; Chemometrics

The study published in J. Proteome Res., 2009, 8 (12), pp 5568–5579 shows reduction stress related hormones only two weeks of consuming dark chocolate.

“In free living and healthy humans demonstrates a link between metabolic phenotype of individuals and specific dietary patterns. The current observations strongly support the idea that specific foods impact on human metabolism through the modulation of gut microbial activities. The daily consumption of dark chocolate resulted in a significant modification of the metabolism of healthy and free living human volunteers with potential long-term consequences on human health within only 2 weeks treatment. This was observable through the reduction of levels of stress-associated hormones and normalization of the systemic stress metabolic signatures. Therefore, subtle changes in dietary habits are likely to modulate the metabolic status of free-living individuals that might be associated with long-term health consequences, in particular via the activity of the symbiotic bacterial partners.”

Chronic stress; Dark chocolate; Metabonomics; Chemometrics; Mass spectrometry; Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, J. Proteome Res., 2009, 8 (12), pp 5568–5579

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