New Swiss chocolate developed to 'ease period pains'
A new Swiss chocolate bar has been developed to "ease period pains".
Most of us turn to chocolate (and pizza and wine) when the first stab of period pain kicks in but we do it to combat our sugar cravings more than anything else.
However, a chocolatier from the central Swiss town of Lucerne, has claimed his chocolate can soothe period pain.
Frauenmond (translated as 'women's moon') is made by Lucerne firm Chocolate with Love, headed by Marc Widmer, a pastry chef who has worked for some of Switzerland's top hotels, including Arosa-Kulm and the Palace Lucerne.
It contains 60 percent cocoa solids and 17 Swiss mountain herbs and Widmer claims the combination of ingredients can alleviate women’s menstrual pains by creating a soothing effect on the body.
Speaking to local newspaper 20 Minuten, Widmer said he had the idea for the chocolate three years ago, after meeting a family who produced a herbal tea of the same name.
Billed as “the first healthy chocolate for women”, its supposed health benefits come from the interaction between the herbs and the molecules in the chocolate (including the body’s natural mood-lifter serotonin), which produces a calming effect on the body, said the paper.
But it's important to remember that the handmade chocolate is not a medicine and if you do suffer from bad period cramps, it's best to speak to your doctor.
Widmer emphasised that the chocolate can also be enjoyed by men.
The cramp-combating chocolate is currently in the crowdfunding stages, so if you fancy trying some you'll need to donate through Funders.