Can Dark Chocolate Ease Peripheral Arterial Disease Symptoms?

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a public health concern. It affects 8 to 12 million Americans. It is under diagnosed, under treated, and is suspected to be the first signs of cardiovascular disease. Dark chocolate has benefits galore. Much has been published in the past about it. Now another benefit has been published that relates to PAD. Read the excerpts below. You can review the full post by clicking here.

In a small study, people with artery problems in their legs walked a little longer and farther when they ate dark chocolate – a food rich in polyphenols, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms, and head –  most commonly in the arteries of the legs. Reduced blood flow can cause pain, cramping or fatigue in the legs or hips while walking.

Study Highlights

  • Polyphenols – compounds found in cocoa and other foods may help people with peripheral artery disease walk a little longer and farther before pain sets in.

  • More research is needed to see whether long-term use of these compounds in dark chocolate can improve circulation and aid patients.

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