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A new study reveals the mood lifting and antidepressant effects of cocoa

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A new study reveals the mood lifting and antidepressant effects of cocoa

New study shows antidepressant properties of cocoa flavanols.
A new study reveals the mood lifting effects of cocoa.
New research finds: Cocoa flavanols help alleviate depression
CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol Cocoa and Chocolate, is one of the world’s richest sources of cocoa flavanols
CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol products can help reduce symptoms of depression and has a mood-elevating effect.
Wieze/Belgium, February 19, 2009 – The results of a recent study, revealing the mood-elevating effect of cocoa polyphenols has been published. The independent research, conducted by the French ETAP-Applied Ethology, Centre de Recherche en Pharmacologie, Cancérologie & Pathologies Humaines et Nutrition-Santé’ in Vandoeuvre- lès-Nancy and published in the international scientific journal Nutritional Neuroscience indicates that cocoa polyphenols help to reduce the symptoms of depression. CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol Cocoa and Chocolate, preserves most of the richest natural sources of cocoa polyphenols, more specifically flavanols. Flavanols found in the cocoa bean, have among other health benefits, a positive effect on cardiovascular health.
The antidepressant-like effect of cocoa extract was tested at two doses in an internationally recognised, validated ethical and ethological behavioral animal test, which mirrors depressive feelings in humans. Already with the lowest dose of cocoa extract given during two weeks, a clear and significant antidepressant-like effect was seen regarding the specific activity during this behavioral test, which was comparable with the effect obtained with a standard reference antidepressant product included in this test, and without any side effects.
Cocoa extract, as a natural source of several possible mood-lifting components, seems to be a promising alternative for existing antidepressant agents. This positive behavior seems to be mediated by the reversal of brain oxidative damage, which is often associated with depression in humans. According to the study, this antidepressant-like effect can most likely be attributed to the antioxidant potential of cocoa polyphenols. Further studies are required to identify the active components of the cocoa polyphenol extract which demonstrate this antidepressant-like activity.
Maria Constantinou of CHOCOCRU® comments: “So many of us love and crave chocolate. Now specific types of chocolate and cocoa can be consumed daily in specific portions for positive health benefits. As a delicious treat, chocolate is already experienced by consumers as something that keeps the spirits high. It has now been shown that there are also components in cocoa which have a mood-lifting effect as well as additional benefits for the skin and cardiovascular system.”
CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Antioxidant Cocoa and Chocolate offers the very best in natural protection, straight from the cocoa bean. Thanks to its high concentration of cocoa flavanols, CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol products, helps to restore the balance between antioxidants and free radicals in our body. Recent studies demonstrate that the richness of flavanol antioxidants found in CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol products helps to maintain heart health, concentration and memory and even promotes healthy skin.  At present, CHOCOCRU® have a large range of powerful flavanol rich chocolates and cocoa, with several exciting products, with health benefits to be launched soon.
CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol Cocoa and CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol Chocolate is rich in flavanol antioxidants and has a scientifically proven beneficial effect on human health. CHOCOCRU® keeps our natural resistance to oxidative stress intact, maintains a healthy heart and is good for a healthy blood pressure and blood circulation. CHOCOCRU® products protect brain function and give us a general, healthy glow.
Maria Constantinou, director of CHOCOCRU® states “CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol Cocoa is one of the world’s richest sources of powerful flavanol antioxidants and is abundant in CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol Cocoa, which is also used to make our chocolate products.
The outcome of years of research into preserving the very best from the cocoa bean ensures that CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol Cocoa contains 80% of the flavanol antioxidants of the natural, unfermented, unprocessed, unalkalised cocoa bean.
Both CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol Milk and Dark Chocolate contain three times as many antioxidants (cocoa flavanols) as standard milk or dark chocolate. A small portion of 17g of CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol Dark Chocolate or 5g of CHOCOCRU® Extraordinary Flavanol Cocoa, contains all the flavanols you need to maintain a healthy blood pressure. CHOCOCRU® lets you look after your health in the most delicious way possible.”

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