nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Drug You'll Love: Chocolate For Depression

The old story about how people eat when they're depressed is true; further, they tend to choose chocolate.

But is it doing anything to treat the Blues?

I'm not assuming here that clinical depression is the same as the Blues, but maybe feeling "down" is related to the medical condition...for those who've had both, it feels similar, but the latter is much worse.

So researchers in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Apr 26)  looked at chocolate consumption as a function of depression scores.  They found that people who scored higher on depression ate 60% more chocolate.  And this is not a gender thing--the association held up for both males and females.  Further the chocolate intake wasn't related to just stuffing anything in your was chocolate, dude.

Anecdotal evidence and even a couple of surveys have reported that people feel better when they eat chocolate.  But that ain't the kind of science that can validate an influence on brain chemistry that influences mood.

To be fair, the authors make no claim that there is a cause and effect relationship ship here, or that chocolate influences mood either way...which is correct; they didn't look at those questions.

for Onion Peelers (math),
Those screening positive for possible depression (CES-D score 16) had higher chocolate consumption (8.4 servings per month) than those not screening positive (5.4 servings per month) (P = .004); those with still higher CES-D scores (22) had still higher chocolate consumption (11.8 servings per month) (P value for trend, <.01).

But to hell with all that science stuff.  This is good enough for me.  From now on I'm keeping some malted mill balls around just in case I feel a little low.


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