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Cocoa may help curb fatigue typically associated with multiple sclerosis – Medical Xpress

Wednesday, 6 March, 2019

Cocoa may help curb fatigue typically associated with multiple sclerosis – Medical Xpress

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Cocoa may help curb the fatigue that is typically associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), suggest the results of a small feasibility trial, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Cocoa, like dark chocolate, is rich in flavonoids—substances found abundantly in fruit and vegetables and associated with anti-inflammatory properties.

If the findings are confirmed in larger studies, it may offer a simple dietary approach to a persistent and hard to treat symptom, which affects nine out of 10 people with MS, suggest the researchers.

The causes of mental and physical fatigue experienced by people with MS are complex, and likely to include neural, inflammatory, metabolic, and psychological factors. None of the currently available approaches offers long term relief, say the researchers.

Previous research suggests that dark chocolate, containing between 70 and 85 per cent cocoa solids, is associated with an improvement in subjectively assessed fatigue in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME).

This prompted the researchers to see if it might also be worth exploring its potential in helping to tackle the fatigue associated with MS.

They randomly assigned 40 adults recently diagnosed with the relapsing remitting form of MS and fatigue to drink a cup of either high flavonoid cocoa powder mixed with heated rice milk (19) or a low flavonoid version (21) every day for six weeks.

Participants were instructed to wait 30 minutes before taking any prescribed medication or eating or drinking anything else, but otherwise to stick to their usual diet.

Read more at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-03-cocoa-curb-fatigue-typically-multiple.html

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