Depression can be extremely difficult to deal with, but there are many therapeutic options available. There are a plethora of medications to choose from.
There are even foods that may lessen depressive symptoms. According to new research, persons afflicted with depression may discover surprising relief from chocolate.
Dark chocolate, in particular, is no longer just a post-dinner indulgence; studies show that it can actually improve your mood and even help to alleviate symptoms of sadness.
A 2019 study found that dark chocolate eaters were 70% less likely to experience depressive symptoms.
Researchers also discovered that those who consumed the most chocolate of any type were less likely to report feeling depressed.
Why may chocolate have a beneficial effect on depression? The answer, according to Science Daily, is in the compounds it contains.
Flavonoids, antioxidants found in dark chocolate that can help reduce inflammation, are one of the substances that may increase feelings of well-being.
Additionally, it contains phenylethylamine, which is known for its ability to stabilize your moods.
Even if further research is needed, you may want to give dark chocolate a try if your mental health is in need of a little TLC.