Have you ever heard that eating chocolate can reduce depression? Well, that might be true after new study proves that there is a ‘love drug’ found in chocolate that is actually really good for your brain.
In a video, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta explained that chocolate contains a chemical called Anandamide that gives us joy.
“Our brain will make this chemical naturally and use it to block pain and depression. But when our brain makes it, it breaks down quickly and the effects don’t last that long.”
According to Gupta, another reason why people love chocolate is that it releases peptides that regulate cravings.
“The same parts of the brain activate as when people use cocaine and that could explain, in part, why eating just a little bit of chocolate makes us want even more.”
Small amounts of caffeine and theobromine are stimulants that are found in chocolate.
Phenylethylamine, known as the ‘Love drug’, is also another stimulant found in chocolate (this explains the heavenly feeling you get when you take a bite).
“It’s one of the neurotransmitters the brain releases when we in love,” Gupta said.
Dark chocolate is the better choice as it has fewer additives. Opting for dark chocolate will have you feeling like you just saw the man of your dreams.