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Being Positive and Optimistic Could Prevent Heart Attacks, Study Finds

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 19, 2010

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Friday, 19 February 2010

Being happy and naturally optimistic cuts the risk of developing heart problems, say researchers.

They found that those who are enthusiastic, contented and believe the glass is half full rather than half empty have a better chance of keeping their heart healthy.

It is the first study to find such a strong link between positive emotions and a lower risk of heart disease.

Findings published in the European Heart Journal reveal the potentially damaging effects of pessimistic thoughts and long-term negativity.

“This is the first study to show an independent relationship” between heart disease and a positive attitude that was spelled out through clear data, as opposed to just being based on a person’s own report of their attitude.

(Contine reading in the Daily Mail)

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New Evidence that Dark Chocolate Helps Ease Emotional Stress

Posted by Corey Kaster on November 20, 2009

 

 

Friday, 20 November 2009
The “chocolate cure” for emotional stress is getting new support from a clinical trial published online in the Journal of Proteome Research. It found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed. Everyone’s favorite treat also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances.

 

Beneficial substances in dark chocolate may also reduce risk factors for heart disease and other physical conditions, according to growing scientific evidence. Until now, however, there was little evidence from research in humans on exactly how chocolate might ease emotional stress.

In the study, scientists identified reductions in stress hormones and other stress-related biochemical changes in volunteers who rated themselves as highly stressed and ate dark chocolate for two weeks. “The study provides strong evidence that a daily consumption of 40 grams [1.4 ounces] during a period of 2 weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of healthy human volunteers,” the scientists say.

(Read the detailed science report from ACS’ Journal)

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