Phillip Minton M.D.

Smile Awhile with Chocolate

In chocolate on July 31, 2011 at 8:48 am

Scientific research has for many years shown that smiling and laughter can fight disease and enhance longevity. What kind of foods and activities elicit this emotional healing balm?

Chocolate is one of them. It is the happy food, the smile snack, the feel good confection. Chocolate contains natural substances that make us feel positive and uplifted. In my book Chocolate Healthfood of the Gods, I describe the scientific evidence for the happiness factor contained in chocolate products. Chocolate is made from cocoa. Cocoa contains several natural drug-like substances such as anandamide and phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA is the chemical released by the brain to cause intense feelings of pleasure, anandamide stimulates pleasure receptors in the brain. And in addition, it just tastes good! Chocolate is the true smile food.

  1. Hi phillip got a article in dutch from Prof. Jan van Keppeling from a medical magazine also what anandamide, PEA, phenylethylamine can do for a lot of chronic pain problems he did some study’s About those compound’s in the right datk chocolate. Article is in dutch but i can send it to you if you like.

    Have a nice day!

    Peter Langelaar

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