Friday, May 7, 2010

Getting Mom Flowers for Mother’s Day? Buy Her Chocolate Instead!

Getting Mom flowers for Mother’s Day? Buy her chocolate instead!

In addition to the love-inducing chemical phenyl-ethylamine (PEA), chocolate makes the body feel good via changing the brain to poise it for pleasurable experiences. While PEA is naturally produced, it gives the body-brain system a nice “boost.” When placed into an attractive heart-shaped candy box, the visual appeal of the packaging adds to the experiential pleasure.

How Dark Chocolate May Guard Against Brain Injury from Stroke
ScienceDaily (May 5, 2010) — Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that a compound in dark chocolate may protect the brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals already known to shield nerve cells from damage.

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