A Chocolate to lift the spirit

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

A delicious way to say goodbye to depression without gaining weight.

The Mexican researcher and Director of the Confectionery Research and Training Center, Norma Estela Orozco, in association with the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (UASLP) have developed a delicious way to lift the spirit. The result of this joint effort is an antidepressive chocolate known as MChocolate con Q10.

Q10 is coenzyme similar to the oil-soluble, vitamin-like substance that helps the organism to produce cellular energy, the fuel necessary for the correct functioning of muscles – including the heart. According to the research, MChocolate con Q10 was especially helpful for women between the ages of 35 and 45, whose depressive state decreased when the chocolate was consumed, without any increase in body mass.

Aside from benefits to emotional health, this new chocolate can help lower the systolic blood pressure of people who suffer from hypertension. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and according to researchers it can be a new tool in slowing the progression of early Parkinson’s disease.

Woman eating chocolate

MChocolate con Q10 has been made from pure cocoa paste – which is the first stage of cocoa bean processing after the mill – from Hacienda de la Luz in Comalcalco, Tabasco. Its bitter taste has been improved using special technology created by Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt). The result? An 8 gram dark chocolate bar which costs around US 33 cents!

With sponsorship from ProMéxico, the chocolate bar was presented in February at the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair in Cologne, Germany, where it turned out to be a big hit. In a few days MChocolate con Q10 will be presented at the Chocolate Awards in New York City.

Researcher Norma Estela Orozco has said that in one year MChocolate con Q10 will begin to be distributed to strategic points of the country.

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