Doctors have now discovered a scientific link between Chocolate and Sex.
According to Italian researchers, women who eat chocolate regularly have a better sex life than those who deny themselves the treat. Those consuming the sugary snack had the highest levels of desire, arousal and satisfaction from sex.
Dr Andrea Salonia, author of the study — funded from a university research budget, not by the confectionery industry — said women who have a low libido could even become more amorous after eating chocolate. He believes chocolate could be particularly medicinal for women who shun sex because they are suffering from premenstrual tension.
“Chocolate is not like a food, it is like a drug. I strongly believe eating chocolate may improve their sexual function,” said Salonia.
Reasons Why Chocolate Is Good for Your Health and Sexuality
1. Improved circulation induced by flavonoids also boost…erection! So what will it be: Viagra or chocolate?
2. Chocolate gets you into a good mood. Phenylethylamine, a neuronal disinhibitor released by the brain, is also found in chocolate, and induces a stage of euphoria and excitation during the sexual prelude, by turning on the brain’s pleasure nuclei. This molecule increases the feeling of excitement, giddiness and boosts the sex drive; consequently, it gives you more or less the same sensation that the alcohol does, but without the secondary effects of the latter. (you know what they say… ‘Flowers or chocolate to your girl!’)
Anyone knows the “I feel good” sensation induced by chocolate. Chocolate does not contain serotonin, the “happiness” hormone, but tryptophan, a serotonin precursor, that the brain can transform into serotonin.
High serotonin levels stimulate the release of endorphins. Actually, what the antidepressant drugs do is simply increase the brain’s serotonin levels, since low levels of serotonin induce depression.
3. Chocolate contains iron. That’s why it is recommended for pregnant women. Chocolate is also abundant in magnesium, proven to ease pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS). The calcium in milk induces the same effect, so milk chocolate could ensure peace and relaxation in certain… ‘special moments’.
4. Chocolate fights off chronic fatigue. Eating 50 grams of chocolate (85 % cacao) daily decreases the symptoms of this disease.
5. It improves blood circulation to the brain for two to three hours after you eaten chocolate. The flavonoids dilate the blood vessels in the brain, allowing a larger blood flow (implicit of oxygen). This way, the brain fights off exhaustion, insomnia and aging, improving memory and learning.
A special cocoa that retains the naturally occurring chemicals called flavonoids, which are abundant in fresh cocoa, could help maintain the normal functioning of the brain and could be used for future therapies against cognitive decline and dementia.
6. Chocolate reduces blood pressure. The flavonoids found in cocoa help in the control of the arterial tension, by increasing the amount of nitric oxide in the blood. Studies showed that dark chocolate is as effective as the anti-hypertensive drugs are.
7. Dark chocolate can decrease by 50% the risk of a heart attack, coronary disease by 10%, and premature death by 8%.
8. Chocolate helps the process of sugar metabolization, and dark chocolate helps reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Chocolate increases the quantity of sugar in your blood, due to the above-mentioned flavonoids.
9. Chocolate increases “good” cholesterol and lowers the “bad” one, due to the antioxidants, similar to those found in fruits, vegetables, tea and wine.
10. This food can also be a remedy against coughing. A chemical from cocoa can be more efficient against coughing than many medicines are, and it doesn’t have the adverse effects that the latter have.
11. Just like coffee, cocoa contains caffeine too.
12. The research showed that chocolate consumers live almost one year more than those who do not eat chocolate.
13. Studies have shown that chocolate impedes cell deterioration and cancer.