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Chocolate! We all know it, we all love it, and we all eat it like there is no tomorrow. There is no better feeling than knowing you've eaten clean the entire week and then treating yourself by eating chocolate. At this moment, all the yearning and serenity in the world concentrate into a single incredible bite. Sorry for being so descriptive, we hope we didn't cause you to run to the nearest store to treat yourself. Now, it's a well-known fact that chocolate in overly abundant amounts is not good for you. Then again, is there anything in the world that isn't bad when overdone? It's important to know that chocolate is very beneficial when it comes to your body and mind. It has a few well-hidden health benefits that just might end up making a difference.

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1. It relieves stress

No, it's not the taste that calms you down. There is science behind this amazing effect of chocolate. Eating cocoa-based chocolate makes the brain increase the levels of serotonin. What's serotonin, you ask? Well, it's an important neurotransmitter that is a natural antidepressant. So, the next time you feel bummed out, grab some dark chocolate and everything will be okay. There are other compounds in chocolate that reduce stress, a study shows. The more cocoa chocolate has, the stronger its antidepressant effects will be. Sweet and healthy, that's right.

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