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And that’s not the only good news for dark chocolate. It may also help reduce stress and inflammation, suggests findings from two studies presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego, which has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Lee Berk, doctor of public health and professor at Loma Linda University in California, found that human subjects who consumed chocolate with high cacao content had a short-term improvement in brain function and cellular response. But just like the previous study, Dr. Berk’s experiments also had an extremely small sample size — 10 participants total.
“Research such as this [on chocolate], while it is sometimes entertaining, is just as valuable as research that we consider more important, such as cancer research, because we never know where answers to everyday health problems are going to come from,” Morgenstern says.