Dark chocolate helps combat Chronic Fatigue symptoms

December 21, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News

Dark chocolate helps combat Chronic Fatigue symptoms
British researchers report that eating a small amount of dark chocolate on a daily basis could help ease the symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

In the study, researchers gave adults suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 45 grams of specially formulated chocolate, which contained 85 percent cocoa, on a daily basis for eight weeks, or a placebo.

After the eight week study period, researchers report that those participants who received the chocolate reported feeling less fatigued.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a condition that affects the central nervous system and immune system.  Symptoms range from pain, muscle weakness, hypersensitivity, digestive disturbances as well as cardiac and respiratory problems.

While further studies are needed to determine the exact protective effect, researchers speculate that chocolate may enhance the action of neurotransmitters, responsible for regulating mood and sleep.

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