We all feel a little blue from time to time, with some of us suffering from mild to severe anxiety and depression, and we’d try anything to get a little break from it all.
Well, it turns out that there may be something tasty and enjoyable that could help cheer us up: dark chocolate!
New research has found that eating dark chocolate may lower the risk of and symptoms of depression by four times after you’ve eaten it!
The University College of London collected data from 13,626 people, finding that while 7.6 percent reported symptoms of depression, only 1.5 percent of chocolate eaters did.
The lead author from UCL's Institute of Epidemiology & Healthcare, Dr Sarah Jackson, explained, "This study provides some evidence that consumption of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, may be associated with reduced odds of clinically relevant depressive symptoms.”
Not only this, but those who consumed between 104 grams and 454 grams of chocolate were 57 percent less likely to report depressive symptoms.
"However, further research is required to clarify the direction of causation. It could be the case that depression causes people to lose their interest in eating chocolate, or there could be other factors that make people both less likely to eat dark chocolate and to be depressed."
Chocolate not only helps boost your mood, but it has also been proven to improve your memory, protect your brain from cognitive decline, improve focus, and is great for pregnant women, helping to decrease the risk of pre-eclampsia, reduce blood pressure and improve brain functioning of yourself and the baby!
"Should a causal relationship demonstrating a protective effect of chocolate consumption on depressive symptoms be established, the biological mechanism needs to be understood to determine the type and amount of chocolate consumption for optimal depression prevention and management,” Dr Jackson continued.
While further research is needed to identify the link between dark chocolate and decreased risk of depression, it really can’t hurt to slip a piece of it into your daily diet as a pick-me-up!
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