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In 1996, just a little over a decade after the discovery of neurotransmitter PEA compounds (love chemicals) in chocolate, researchers discovered the bliss chemical “anandamide” in chocolate. And, as far as I know, chocolate is the only food to contain anandamide. Anandamide is an endogenous ligand that your body produces when you feel a workout “high.” It is a natural pleasure molecule that fits into the cannabinoid receptor sites of the cells of the nervous system. Anandamide has been associated with improving motivation and increasing pleasure. A study published in July 1998 indicated that anandamide inhibits human breast cancer cells.*
What is the underlying message of anandamide? Follow your bliss chemical and eat more chocolate!
--David "Lord Cacao" Wolfe
*De Petrocellis L, Melck D, Palmisano A, Bisogno T, Laezza C, Bifulco M, Di Marzo V (July 1998). "The endogenous cannabinoid anandamide inhibits human breast cancer cell proliferation". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 95 (14): 8375–80.