Is chocolate like an antidepressant?

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Is chocolate like an antidepressant?
« on: 14/07/2014 14:24:56 »
Is chocolate like an antidepressant?
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Is chocolate like an antidepressant?
« Reply #1 on: 14/07/2014 14:24:56 »
We answered this question on the show...

Next question, I think this leads on rather nicely.  Does chocolate have an anti-depressant effect?  In my experience, eating half a bar or even sometimes an entire bar of chocolate can make me feel much happier.  Are there any neurochemical basis for that?
Martin -   Yeah.  I mean, chocolate raises blood sugar levels quite dramatically and [img float=right]/forum/copies/RTEmagicC_Cakes_in_the_office.jpg.jpg[/img]quickly.  That increases glucose delivery to the brain which is basically fuel to the brain among other nutrients.  So, if you give the brain a short shot boost of one of its essential fuels and you can enhance the brainís happiness I guess.
Katie -   We often hear reports of all sorts of wonderful qualities of chocolate which we all love to be absolutely true.  Actually, there's a review that was done by (Hocker)(7
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Re: Is chocolate like an antidepressant?
« Reply #2 on: 31/05/2016 10:59:15 »
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Is chocolate like an antidepressant?

Yes. Chocolate contains anandamide, a natural antidepressant.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anandamide
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Re: Is chocolate like an antidepressant?
« Reply #3 on: 21/11/2016 14:46:01 »
Chocolate makes you feel better both mentally and physically. It is not a coincidence that companies are offering their clients quality chocolate pralines at meetings etc. For example, I personally love the Belgium chocolate and it makes me feel relaxed everytime Im eating it :-)
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