How To Chocolate Affects Your Brain

How To Chocolate Affects Your Brain
How To Chocolate Affects Your Brain

There has been much talk about the health benefits of dark chocolate to your body but what about your mind? Chocolate has several properties that have the ability to change your mood and of course stimulates the taste buds
Theobromine and Caffeine
Chocolate contains chemicals theobromine and caffeine which are stimulants. While theobromine affects the central nervous system less than caffeine stimulates the heart much more than caffeine. Both these drugs may temporarily increase energy but if abused because they insomnia anxiety tremors and restlessness.
Phenylethylamine (PEA)
Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine a chemical that the brain releases when we fall in love. However it has been shown that phenylethylamine is quickly metabolised and can not affect the brain. But when combined with dopamine in our brains it will act as an antidepressant.
On the negative side phenylethylamine also cause headaches because it extends the vessels in the brain.
Serotonin released when chocolate is eaten and conveys a sense of calm at the same time stabilize mood.
Endorphins also released when chocolate is eaten send high levels of energy to the brain and give you a feeling of euphoria. Endorphins are also known as effective analgesics.
Chocolate contains anandamide which helps open the synapses in the brain that makes sense of happiness to transfer easily. Anandamide is the same brain receptor responsive to THC the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana. But it would take 25 pounds of chocolate in one sitting to feel the same high because anandamide is broken down quickly and easily. It is suspected that there preserve a sense of wellbeing.

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