Continuing our health and fitness series, with a focus on the older citizen, chocolate has been reported to have numerous cardio-vascular benefits, but now it has been found that chocolate actually helps relieves stress and improves memory: https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-05-19-dark-chocolate-reduces-stress-while-improving-memory.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180424133628.htm
“New research shows there might be health benefits to eating certain types of dark chocolate. Findings from two studies being presented today at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego show that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity. While it is well known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids, this is the first time the effect has been studied in human subjects to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health. Lee S. Berk, DrPH, associate dean of research affairs, School of Allied Health Professions and a researcher in psychoneuroimmunology and food science from Loma Linda University, served as principal investigator on both studies.