Does eating dark chocolate raise cortisol levels?

Published: September 22, 2013

If you have an elevated cortisol, won't it harm you to eat dark chocolate? Worried that it might raise your cortisol even more making you more fatigued.


OK to have chocolate. High cortisol could reflect need for ashwagandha and phosphatidyl serine to lower the cortisol or that one may actually need MORE cortisol and adrenal support. How the person feels in response to these answers the question of which of these is occuring.

Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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