Good news, chocolate lovers!

Study findings showed that cacao consumption up-regulated multiple intracellular signaling pathways involved in T-cell activation cellular immune response and genes involved in neural signaling and sensory perception the latter potentially associated

Eating a single portion of dark chocolate can slightly improve your eyesight for around two hours afterwards, research suggests. This concentration of cocoa will enhance "neuroplasticity for behavioral and brain benefits".

It follows a study by Loma Linda University Health in California which found that eating dark chocolate reduced stress and inflammation, while improving memory, immunity and mood.

Not only is it delicious, but dark chocolate already has a number of health benefits.

Dr. Lee S. Berk, a researcher in Psychoneuroimmunology and Food Science at LLU, served as the principal investigator for both studies.

This pilot feasibility experimental trial examined the impact of 70 percent cacao chocolate consumption on human immune and dendritic cell gene expression, with focus on pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines.

Although the benefits of the flavonoids found in chocolate are already well known, this is the first set of studies to look at the effects in humans "to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health", according to a news release.

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Only certain types of dark chocolate?

It has always been known that dark chocolate is not only less bad for you than the ordinary stuff, but actively good for you.

Likewise, Harvard Chan School instructor Dr. Elizabeth Mostofsky, who wasn't involved in the studies, cautioned that eating large quantities of chocolate is still not advisable, due to the high fat and sugar content found in these products.

In the second study, the researchers analyzed brain activity and measured the electroencephalography (EEG) response in people who consumed 48 grams of dark chocolate containing 70 percent cacao. "These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects". The research is done and it is for the first time that we have been looking at the impact of large amounts of cacao in the form of doses in small and regular sized chocolate bar.

Cacao consumption up-regulates multiple intracellular signalling pathways involved in T-cell activation, cellular immune response and genes involved in neural signalling and sensory perception - the researchers said that the latter was potentially associated with the phenomena of brain hyperplasticity.

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