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Dark Chocolate Reduces Stress for Shippensburg Students

Research done by “Proteome Research” says dark chocolate is proven to reduce stress.

By: Bernadette Koff

9/15/16

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SHIPPENSBURG — Dark chocolate has been proven to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Research done by “Proteome Research” shows eating 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate daily for two weeks lowers the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It has also been shown to lead to giving birth to more stress-free babies when eaten by pregnant women.

The bittersweet treat can also lower blood pressure and blood sugar regulation. The chocolate also increases healthy blood flow. Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than both milk and white chocolate.

The counseling center is promoting a more stress-free student body by offering students dark chocolate and other stress-relieving activities throughout the semester.

Every other week the counseling center’s grad assistants will host stress-relieving events in front of the library or in the library next to the learning center once the cold weather moves in.

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