2014 October

01 Oct: Chocolate and Massage: The Great Stress Busting Duo

There is scientific evidence that eating chocolate, in reasonable amounts, can protect against heart disease as cocoa contains antioxidants called polyphenols that prevent the oxidation of harmful cholesterol. Antioxidants are also known to protect against cancer and eating chocolate can be good for stress. This is thought to be because chocolate contains valeric acid, which is both a relaxant and a tranquilliser. Additionally the sugar in chocolate may reduce stress – sugar can have a calming and pain-relieving effect because sweet tastes activate opiate-like substances in our brain.