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Chocolates That Work Wonders For Your Period Cramps

Written by Jillian Lai Mei Siew on Wed, 16 November 2022

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Our bodies undergo a lot of stress throughout the menstrual cycle. This can increase the release of the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies, making us crave sweets for period cramps. Well, among all the sweet things to eat on our period, chocolate for menstruation can sure fill us up with serotonin- the happy hormone.

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Periods can often have you wondering about the following things: how to get rid of period cramps?, can you get cramps before your period?, how to relieve period cramps fast?, what to eat if periods are not coming?, Is eating sweets during periods okay?, how to stop period cramps?, and many more.

But wait, have you ever stopped to ask yourself, and can eating sweets during periods really help?

Well, sugar might be the enemy, but dark chocolate sure is a friend. It is to be consumed in small quantities as it is calorie-dense. Eating a 60%, 80%, or even 90% dark chocolate bar is healthier than just picking up a 40% or 50% dark chocolate bar.

Chocolate has always been a mood-boosting ingredient when it comes to period pain. Read on to know how various dark chocolates can be helpful during periods.

1. Dark chocolate with Blueberries

Dark chocolate has been fused with several interesting combinations of foods. This one with berries is special to us because of the benefits of blueberries. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are low in sugar and high in vitamin C which makes them perfect to relieve pain during periods. Blueberries are light on the digestive tract and aid digestion these qualities can help keep bloating at bay.

Dark chocolate is packed with iron, magnesium, rich antioxidants, and is anti-inflammatory. These pain-relieving properties can soothe period cramps, improve brain fog and elevate mood during periods. So go ahead and try out the Blueberry-infused Dark chocolate the next time you're chumming!

2. Dark chocolate with Walnuts

Who doesn't love Walnuts? Walnuts are packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and dietary fiber. They are excellent sources of energy. Taking about Walnuts concerning periods, our bodies require heat to menstruate. Walnuts being warm can naturally produce heat in our bodies and make periods simpler because of their anti-inflammatory properties.

Dark chocolate of your desired concentration can go well with walnuts. Choosing 70-80% dark chocolate can help you reap the benefits of chocolatey goodness from cocoa beans. These small dark-brown slabs are not only delicious but also help better your emotional state of mind by releasing the much-needed endorphins in your body during periods. So nibble on some good dark chocolate with walnuts without any guilt!

3. Dark chocolate with Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a flavourful spice with mighty anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used in cooking because of its aromatic nature and in various cultures as herbal medicine. Cinnamon paired with dark chocolate is an exotic combination that not only pleases the taste buds but also soothes you on your period.

Cinnamon helps regulate your insulin levels, this has an impact on other hormones in your body that regulate the period cycle. Cinnamon might help in keeping your hormones synchronized and your period cycle regularized. The anti-inflammatory effects of cinnamon and dark chocolate for menstruation can surely make your period experience better, so do give this one a try!

4. Dark chocolate with Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are packed with lignans that help in regulating a woman's menstrual cycle. These seeds are also brimming with micronutrients such as zinc and magnesium that are crucial in reducing period PMS symptoms and cramps. However, eating pumpkin seeds doesn't seem very enjoyable at first glance.

When combined with dark chocolate, the crunchy pumpkin seeds get a kick of flavor from the cocoa. It's not just the taste, but the combination can be a boon for hormonal health if consumed wisely. If you're wondering how to reduce period cramps then this surely is the answer. Period back pain relief, stomach cramp relief can be achieved with the help of these ingredients. Trying out this unique combo can prove to be beneficial for a healthy period.

5. Dark chocolate with Almonds

Almonds have to be one of the tastiest and healthiest snacks to exist! They are packed with fiber, vitamin E, proteins, and healthy fats. Almonds can help you prepare for an impending period week. They regularize your hormones and help with tender and swollen breasts during menstruation.

The combination of Dark chocolate and Almonds has to be the most delicious healthy snack ever that works well on mood swings. This duo will help you better your period health while putting a smile on your face.

6. Dark chocolate with Mint

Consuming mint feels so good, but it has greater benefits than just feeling good. Mint has antispasmodic properties, that is it can help in easy passing for blood clots and relieve menstrual cramps and menstrual pain. Mint also increases the blood flow to the uterus thus promoting a healthy menstrual cycle because of its antioxidant properties.

The combination of Dark chocolate and mint is heavenly. The antioxidants from the cocoa and the cooling effect of the mint make consuming this chocolate a soothing experience. Nibble on this good stuff and have a soothing period!

Does chocolate make you happy? Well, of course, it does! These Dark chocolate combos can help you get through your periods. But don't forget, chocolate is calorie-dense, and eating too much of it can lead to weight gain. So be mindful, and nibble on small pieces of this delicious medicine only when you need to. Don't forget to exercise, have a balanced diet, stay hydrated, and have a happy period!

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Jillian Lai Mei Siew

As the Product Consultant Manager of Mega BiO-LiFE, Jillian Lai Mei Siew, has the role of providing a productive team spirit among all Product Consultants to equip them with the right health nutritional information. Jillian is a BSc in Nutrition and Community Health, and a MSc in Nutritional Sciences an from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Affiliated to the Professional Affiliation Languages & Dialects Nutrition Society of Malaysia, NSM, Jillian can speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien and Malay.

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