What’s the first thing most of reach for when feeling low on energy, depressed or just in need of a pick me up? You guessed it, chocolate! Where did this little gem of therapy originate? Actually, chocolate has been around since the Mayan culture used the cocoa beans as a symbol of wealth and status dating around 600 AD. In fact, it was even used among the Mayans of Mexico as currency. Where does that leave us today? Chocolate has been called by some “the world’s favorite food”. It is bursting with powerful antioxidants that may protect us against free radicals. Chocolate is also comprised of over 400 nutrients including potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and calcium. It contains serotonin and phenylethylamine, both naturally occurring chemical compounds. These substances are released when we are feeling happy, when we are in love and when we are feeling amorous. In fact a Harvard University study showed that people that eat good quality chocolate may even lead a happier life! Reach for an ounce or two of high quality all natural chocolate next time you want to tap into this source of passionate energy, health, and happiness. It’s therapy for the body, mind and soul.
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