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Dark Chocolate May Ease Artery Disease Impact, Improve Walking Ability

A small new research report indicates that dark chocolate intake could help open leg arteries to allow more blood flow, making walking easier for those with leg artery disease. Researchers warn the results require deeper investigation. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
A small new research report indicates that dark chocolate intake could help open leg arteries to allow more blood flow, making walking easier for those with leg artery disease. Researchers warn the results require deeper investigation.
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

(Tech Times) – Dark chocolate lovers and chocolate makers will likely celebrate the results of a small study that indicates dark chocolate could help those suffering from artery disease.

The study, as reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association this month, reveals those dealing with artery issues in their legs walk longer and farther if their diet includes dark chocolate.

That’s because dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols, which can ease the impact of peripheral artery disease (PAD), states a report on the study results. The disease narrows the arteries to stomach, arms, legs and head and the reduced blood flow can bring on fatigue and cramping, as well as pain, when walking.

In the study, which involved 14 males and six females ages 60 to 78 years old, participants who ate dark chocolate increased their walking capability, an average of 11 percent farther and 15 percent longer.

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