Sex and Chocolate on the Brain

Dark chocolate boosts your brain while protecting you from heart disease and cancer. Eating approximately 20-150g a day of dark chocolate can improve your learning and your memory. Improved blood flow carries more oxygen to the brain, enabling you to think for longer. Your blood vessels relax, reducing blood pressure, brain damage and risk of heart disease. Chocolate was originally brought from South America to the court of the Spanish Empire as a medication and brain stimulant. The Spanish court apparently kept this a state secret – on the penalty of death! High in antioxidants, dark chocolate has more flavonoids even than green tea. It also contains monoamine oxidise inhibitors (MAOs). These allow the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain to remain higher for longer, alleviating depression and producing feelings of well-being.

Sexual desires release dopamine. Dopamine helps you to think visually. If the action is sexual, your oxytocin levels will also rise, increasing preparedness to think of novel or riskier solutions. It aids creative thinking. The pleasure of sexual activity, especially following orgasm, raises the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin calms agitation, stress and anxiety. Cortisol levels associated with stress are moderated, making calm, logical decision making and calculation easier. High levels of serotonin favour creative thinking. With stress relieved, head cleared and visual and creative thinking empowered, there is an ‘afterglow’ of satisfaction associated with a rise in the level of PEA (phenylethylamine). PEA produces feelings of well-being and a tendency to smile involuntarily. PEA is the brain chemical associated with romance and falling in love. It is also produced by eating dark chocolate.

(Sometimes life is less complicated if you just eat the bloody chocolate).

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