Chocolate helps sleep. This is the result of a scientific study that verified the reactions of the human organism to the magnesium contained in this particular food
Chocolate helps sleep. It is not a slogan invented by a pastry chef, but the result of scientific research carried out by researchers from the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. In particular, it concerns its concentration of magnesium: a perfect remedy for improving sleep quality. The beneficial effects of chocolate are known to scientific research: it is a food recommended in pregnancy and whose consumption, in moderate doses, is not contraindicated even for those who are doing particular diets.
Now this additional positive aspect linked to chocolate consumption and sleep has also emerged. For those with insomnia problems, there is already a particular diet consisting of foods indicated to improve the quality of the hours of night's rest. Therefore, dark chocolate can also be placed at the top of the ranking. As anticipated, the secret is precisely in its concentration of magnesium, which allows our internal clock to adjust itself in the best way.
Magnesium is not only contained in chocolate, but also inside green leafy vegetables, dried fruit with shell (especially nuts), fish and seeds. The researchers confirmed that magnesium allows the human body to respect the circadian rhythm. Dr Gerben van Ooijen of the University of Edinburgh then stressed the importance of not taking magnesium through food supplements, but only thanks to natural products. Internal clocks are in fact very important for all living beings as they influence different aspects of health and any pathologies of the organism.
The scientific study published in the journal Nature was also carried out by Dr. John O'Neill of the University of Cambridge and now expects to understand how the data collected by this research can have a practical translation for tissues and organisms: it is understand how to influence complex organisms through certain substances which will then develop in the medical and agricultural sectors. To date, in fact, there are still not many studies that confirm the direct interaction between magnesium and the human biological clock: its clinical relevance, compared to our metabolism, has been arousing interest only recently. Starting from these assumptions, it is possible to imagine important future scenarios both for human health and for development in the agricultural field.