Categories: NUTRITIONPublished On: December 1st, 2023

Chocolate Delicious And… Good For Energy Levels

When it gets hot in summer, many people suffer general tiredness and fatigue caused by long days and increased activity, which can affect their daily mood and ability to perform.

The most common symptoms are: drowsiness, increased tiredness, mood swings, anxiety and lack of appetite. Some of these symptoms can undermine your efforts in the gym and your goal of achieving your best beach body. To mitigate the effects, and to make sure you get enough rest during nighttime hours, experts recommend eating some chocolate before bedtime. Find out why…

A study by the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge (United Kingdom) has been published in the prestigious journal Nature, revealing that drinking small amounts of hot chocolate will help you to sleep better at night. The reason for this is that cocoa – the basic ingredient of chocolate – contains magnesium, a fundamental nutrient for regulating our biological clock. This internal clock that we all have is responsible for our basic bodily functions: sleeping, waking and regulating body temperature. So the magnesium found in chocolate is valuable and it also helps to control energy expenditure. The presence of magnesium in the cells helps to optimize your metabolism and enhances its ability to convert nutrients into energy throughout the day. Therefore, a little chocolate can be the key to performing well the next day.

Take an ounce of chocolate before bedtime to aid better, uninterrupted sleep throughout the night. It interacts with the nervous system and stimulates the release of serotonin, a hormone produced by the brain to regulate some bodily functions, such as healthy sleep. And because it’s just a very small amount, it will not cause any digestive problems, even if you take it just before sleeping.

The 10 (Big) Benefits Of Taking A Little Dark Chocolate:

  • 1
    It is an antidepressant. Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a naturally secreting substance in the brain that causes euphoric effects similar to feeling in love.
  • 2

    Increased satiety. As long as it is consumed in moderation … it can be addictive!

  • 3
    Helps lower blood pressure. And improves blood circulation. Dark chocolate produces nitric oxide that helps relax arteries.
  • 4
    Improve memory. Several dark chocolate studies show a link with improved cognitive performance and a lower risk of memory losses in older people.
  • 5
    Dark chocolate is a natural aphrodisiac. And increases libido, especially in women.
  • 6
    Prevents premature skin ageing. It makes the skin softer and more resistant to UVA rays, thanks to its high concentration of antioxidants.
  • 7

    It has benefits for the heart. Thanks to its powerful antioxidants, such as catechins, epicatechin and procyanidins.

  • 8
    Helps tooth enamel and reduces the risk of fillings.
  • 9
    Stimulates the central nervous system. This is due to the fact that it contains theobromine, a substance with similar properties to caffeine.
  • 10

    It provides a lot of slow release energy to the body. Especially when chocolate does not contain sugar.