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How Does Chocolate Help Anxiety?

People  always look for natural treatments to fight stress and anxiety. Medications can be costly and often come with harsh side effects  but there is an easy way to unwind that is quick and safe. Eat a Carefree Chocolate bar. We pack the dark chocolate in this bar with ingredients that support the treatment of anxiety and stress. 

What do Studies and Research Have to Say?

The captivating aroma of chocolate  lifts your mood. The indulgent taste soothes your anxiety. The combination of aroma and taste helps  calm your stress and anxiety. When you feel overwhelmed, delving into a dark chocolate bar is a great way to get relief.

A cross-sectional survey showed more than 13,000 US adults experienced a reduction in anxiety and depression with dark chocolate. Studies also show  eating dark chocolate lowers the stress hormone levels in people who feel anxious and stressed. Other research found that eating an average-sized dark chocolate bar every day for 2 weeks can reduce stress hormones and fight-or-flight hormones in anxious people. 

So, does chocolate help anxiety? The research says, yes.

Ways Chocolate Can Help with Anxiety

Let’s talk about different ways chocolate helps anxiety. 

  1. Contains Natural Mood Lifters

Chocolate works with two natural chemicals in your body to communicate feelings of pleasure to the brain: serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin is  a “natural mood stabilizer”. Increased serotonin levels in the body help regulate anxiety.

Chocolate also affects our levels of dopamine. This natural chemical controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. An increase in dopamine levels is what makes us feel good when we eat chocolate.

Chocolate helps anxiety with another ingredient called theobromine. This is the ingredient that is toxic to dogs. However, it has a positive, mood-elevating effect on humans.

  1. Offers Light Caffeine

Caffeine is not always bad. Many people claim that it causes anxiety, but most studies show it only leads to anxiety when consumed in high amounts. When  consumed in low or moderate amounts, it reduces the effects of anxiety.

  1. Contains Magnesium

Recent studies conclude that magnesium is one of  few nutrients that have a significant effect on anxiety.  People take  magnesium supplements, however, consuming it through food is a healthier option. 

A great way to get more magnesium is by eating dark chocolate. It contains magnesium in larger amounts than milk chocolate. So, take your time and savor a Carefree Chocolate bar. Relax and let the chocolate do its work. 

The Darker the Chocolate, the Better

You should note  the same effects aren’t seen with milk chocolate. Many people rate milk chocolate as more pleasurable than dark chocolate, but milk chocolate has less nutritional value. It contains  high levels of sugar, which could worsen your anxiety. 

Chocolate helps anxiety the closer you get to the purest form of the chocolate. Also, the less sugar the chocolate has, the better.

Unsweetened dark chocolate can taste very bitter. So, try a slightly sweeter or semi-sweet dark chocolate bar with 60% cocoa in it. Your taste buds will adjust and soon you’ll find yourself craving it.

Other Tips to Manage Anxiety

If you deal with anxiety regularly, there are  other ways to calm your mind and cut down on the stress.

  • Get plenty of exercise. Exercising is an important part of your mental health. It helps ease feelings of anxiety. Exercising helps to boost your sense of well-being. Break off a small piece of a rich chocolate bar and let it dissolve in your mouth after you work out. This increases your feelings of pleasure and satisfies post-workout cravings.
  • Get enough sleep. Make sure you sleep well. Both quantity and quality are important for a good sleep. An average of 8 hours of sleep is required at night, so make that your nightly goal.
  • Stop breathing, on purpose. This means take a moment to take a deep breath. It sends a message to the brain that you are doing okay. This helps your body and mind relax. Savor a Carefree Chocolate bar during this time. Let it melt in your mouth as you take deep breaths.
  • Practice muscle relaxation techniques. Sit in a quiet comfortable place. Tense your muscles up, then release them. You can do this with your hands, shoulders, legs, and feet.
  • Drink more water. Dehydration causes anxiety, so make sure you stay well hydrated.

Bottom Line

Many studies show that chocolate helps reduce the effects of anxiety. Remember that dark chocolate is the only functional chocolate. The more natural the chocolate, the more likely it is to have the nutrients that help with anxiety. 

When you consume it, eat the finest and most natural dark chocolate bars. Our Carefree Chocolate bars are the perfect chocolate to help you through your anxiety as they are infused with:

  • CPharma Gaba® & Suntheanine® L-Theanine - clinically researched and patented ingredients that are shown to promote an alert state of relaxation without drowsiness.
  • English peppermint oil - supports reduced feelings of stress and anxiety. Participants exposed to the aroma of peppermint oil also experienced enhanced memory, increased alertness, and increased processing speeds.
  • Passionflower extract - helps relieve anxiety as it boosts the level of GABA in your brain.
  • Lemon balm - research shows taking a single dose of lemon balm increases calmness and alertness.
  • Chamomile - one the most well-known stress-soothing botanicals. One study found that long-term use of chamomile extracts significantly reduced moderate-to-severe symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Organic bourbon ground vanilla bean - a delicious ingredient used as a home remedy to cure anxiety since the 17th century.

Treat yourself to a tasty treat. Our premium chocolate is packed with clinically researched ingredients that support anxiety relief. Then, we add proven botanicals to help you lift your mood. Sit back and enjoy the way our Carefree Chocolate helps relieve anxiety with each decadent bite. Order now and melt your cares away.