I thought it'd be good to have a place to post about foods, recipes, oils, etc. that have been studied and show to be helpful for different conditions.
For example, today I read about a study that says how dark chocolate (which I love) is good for Arterial Fibrillation (which I have):
Of course, when reading these things you have to be aware of quantity (2-6 serving per week which is 6 oz), personal medical history (like do not eat it if you are allergic to it or don't like it), quality (if it is dark chocolate square itd be better than a high fat chocolate donut). I also look to questions like, maybe it isnt just the chocolate but to confounding factors (such as eating chocolate increases the levels of endorphins released into the brain, giving credence to the claim that chocolate is a comfort food. The endorphins work to lessen pain and decrease stress (2). Another common neurotransmitter affected by chocolate is serotonin. Serotonin is known as an anti-depressant.) , so other things that produce these chemicals may also be good– like hugs or long walks on the beach.
I like to keep the truth of the study alive, and know how exactly to incorporate it into my life in the correct way– because if I see a headline and take it to excess… I could totally ruin it!
I try to visualize the amount and it is equal to about 3 little doves a day (if that is your only chocolate) or a reasonable substitute.