Chocoholics rejoice! New research says your favorite pastime — eating chocolate — can actually help you sleep better. There’s only one catch, and it’s a small one. You have to eat dark chocolate.
British researchers found that magnesium, an essential nutrient found in dark chocolate, helps cells keep track of the natural cycles of day and night. The researchers, at the University of Edinburgh and the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology in Cambridge, discovered that concentrations of magnesium rose and fell in a 24-hour cycle in all types of cells.
The new findings could help the development of chronotherapy, which would determine the best time for medical treatments, and to increase yields and determine harvesting seasons in agriculture.
What if you don’t like chocolate? In addition to dark chocolate, magnesium is also found in many healthier foods, including green leafy vegetables, whole grains, avocados, nuts, seeds, yogurt, and bananas.