Is Chocolate A Happy Drug?

People often comment to me that I am always smiling and that I am happy all the time.  They ask me what my secret is.  I generally am happy.  I really am.  My life is no different than yours.  Life is not easy.  We all have our struggles.  I am thankful that I have faith in God and know he is here for us and really the only other thing I do is eat a lot of pure dark chocolate.  I mean a lot. 🙂

Sunday morning I was at church a little early and I was talking to one of the guys in the worship band who was getting ready to go on stage.  He was talking to me and he asked me why I was so happy.  He said whatever it was, he wanted some of that.  I finally told him straight out, it was chocolate.  He said, what?  I said I eat a lot of healthy chocolate and it really improves my mood.  I gave him a couple of my favorite chocolates to try and I am sure they will help him too.

What it is about chocolate that makes people feel happy anyway?

Well, according to the Medicine Hunter, In his post Chocolate: The Love Drug;

“The popular drug cannabis (marijuana), contains a group of compounds called cannabinoids. Of these, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, causes the high associated when that plant is consumed. Cannabinoids are found in only two other places. One is in the human brain, where a mind-altering cannabinoid named anandamide is manufactured. This same extraordinary chemical is also found in chocolate.

Anandamide’s name derives from the Sanskrit word ananda, which means bliss. Cannabis and chocolate and the human brain all share this bliss-inducing agent. In the human brain, anandamide binds to the same receptor sites as THC from cannabis. Anandamide produces a feeling of euphoria. This compound may account for why some people become blissed-out when they eat chocolate. The human brain is a marvellous and mysterious organ. Tickle the right neurons with delicious chocolate, and all heaven breaks loose.”

Reading the article by the Medicine Hunter was quite a shock to me.  I had honestly never heard that but it was quite interesting to me.

Here are some other great benefits of Pure Chocolate:

Serotonin – Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain and therefore acts as an anti-depressant, promoting an overall sense of well-being.

Endorphins – These are our natural pain and stress chemicals ,p.known as neurotransmitters. Cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphins, which can help to produce a pleasurable feeling.

Phenylethylamine (PEAs) – PEAs are a natural chemical compound that are also created within the brain and released when we are in love. It acts as a mild mood elevator and an anti-depressant, and it helps increase focus and alertness.”

Well after reading this, you have to agree this is pretty darn exciting stuff!  I highly recommend you hurry and get yourself some Pure Beyond Beyond Healthy Dark Chocolate.  Not sure which one to try?  The Variety pack is a great one to start with.  It includes four of our favorite chocolates so you can decide which ones you love the best.  You will receive a small box of Xolove Bites, Xobiotic Squares, Nuggets and Powers Squares or pick whichever looks best to you.  My current favorites are the Xo Love Bites and the Xobiotics.  Check them out today.  
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Chocolate:  The Love Drug by Chris Kilham;

Raw Cacao:  Turn Chocolate Cravings Into Super Nutrition by Heidi Fagley;