Dark chocolate may help with chronic fatigue

October 1, 2007

Mmmmmm … Medicine.
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Dark chocolate
A daily dose of specially-formulated dark chocolate may help cut chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms.
Patients in a pilot study found they had less fatigue when eating dark chocolate with a high cocoa content than with white chocolate dyed brown.
Researchers from Hull York Medical School said the results were surprising but dark chocolate may be having an effect on the brain chemical serotonin.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as ME, is a condition with a diverse range of symptoms but particularly characterised by profound muscle fatigue after physical exertion.
Study leader Professor Steve Atkin, an expert in endocrinology, said the idea for the study came after a patient reported feeling much better after swapping her normal milk chocolate for dark chocolate with a high cocoa solid content.
Those taking dark chocolate reported significantly less fatigue and reported feeling more fatigue when they stopped eating it.
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