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8 Reasons Why Dark Chocolate Is GREAT For Your Period

8 Reasons Why Dark Chocolate Is GREAT For Your Period

There’s a reason chocolate is the number one most craved food by American women. Not only is it sweet and delicious, it’s packed with healthy chemicals that can give you the boost you need when you’re down on your period.

The key ingredient responsible for all the chocolatey goodness is the cocoa bean but the only problem is that on its own it is very chalky.

Add milk, sugar, and butter and we have a sweeth tooth’s heaven, a lot of extra calories, and the benefits of cocoa are also diluted. So to get the most out of chocolate, it’s best to stick to the healthier dark chocolate.

Keep reading to find out why dark chocolate is the superfood for your period.

1. Chocolate reduces stress
stressed
When you’re feeling stressed, your body has higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone released by your body.

Swiss researchers found that eating one bar of dark chocolate (1.4 ounces) every day for two weeks lowers levels of cortisol so you feel less stressed and more like your normal self.

2. Chocolate boosts your mood
mr happy
Mood swings can make you feel like a total Debbie Downer but chocolate can make your mood swing the other way. Eating chocolate encourages your brain to release endorphins resulting in feelings of happiness and euphoria.

In 1996 researchers discovered another mood booster in chocolate, a cannabinoid neurotransmitter called anandamide. Taken from the Sanskrit word, ananda, which means “bliss, delight”, anandamide produces feel good sensations.

Fun fact! Your brain also releases endorphins after exercise, sex, and when you eat something spicy.

3. Chocolate reduces pain
back pain
Yes you read that right! Chocolate can even reduce pain from menstrual cramps. The same hormone responsible for boosting your mood, endorphins are also your body’s natural painkiller.

Endorphins fight pain by reducing our perception of pain so your menstrual cramps feel more manageable. You can cancel your plans of staying in bed all day and get on with your day!

4. Chocolate gives you a boost of energy
coffee
Did you know chocolate contains caffeine? Caffeine is a stimulant that can boost your alertness and give you a boost of physical energy.

Too much caffeine can cause bloating and water retention but compared to one cup of coffee which contains anywhere from 100 – 200mg of caffeine, one bar of chocolate (1.5 ounces) only has about 20mg of caffeine. So you can eat chocolate without worrying about getting too wired or bloated.

5. Chocolate improves your skin
nice skin
German researchers exposed chocolate eaters to to ultraviolet light and found that after six weeks, the chocolate eaters had 15 per cent less skin reddening than those who did not eat chocolate. Not only did it reduce reddening, after 12 weeks, researchers reported that skin was 16 per cent more dense, and 42 per cent less scaly.

And contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause break outs. Researchers from Australia’s University of Newcastle reviewed the study and found no evidence to suggest that chocolate triggers blemishes.

6. Chocolate is high in Iron
red blood cell
Found in our blood, iron carries oxygen from our lungs throughout our body. Not enough iron and you may feel tired which may be one of the many reasons girls can feel tired during their periods.

We also lose iron during our period in our period blood so it’s important to eat iron rich foods to make up for our losses, like dark chocolate!

7. Chocolate can help relax your aching muscles
dark chocolate
Chocolate is high in Magnesium, another essential mineral. Magnesium acts as a muscle relaxant and soothes aching cramping muscles and lower back pain.

It can even lower prostaglandins which may cause your muscles to over contract causing painful menstrual cramps.

8. Chocolate can reduce your muscle cramps
dark chocolate
Chocolate is also high in Potassium. Potassium is another essential mineral that allows your muscles to function properly, including your uterine muscles that may cramp up during your period.

Too little potassium and your muscles may cramp painfully when they don’t need to.

What’s your favorite kind of dark chocolate?

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About Dedy Wong

Dedy is the founder of The Period Blog and creator of The Little Red Kit. Her period is around 30 days long and likes to use pads and tampons -although she has tried just about everything including menstrual cups and period subscription boxes!

10 comments

  1. What about alcoholic dark chocolate would it helps for cramps aswell?

  2. I love Just Us chocolate, especially the mint, which is like healthy peppermint patties, excwept a whole bar! Yummm…. ;) it’s fair trade, which makes it even more awesome, but it may just be a canadian brand.

  3. This is true?

  4. 8 excuses to eat more chocolate =P!

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