Bel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, has commented on a small recent study that suggests cocoa could reduce skeletal muscle pain.
Recently, the UC San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) has conducted a study on 5 patients with either severe type-2 diabetes or heart failure, all of whom had major skeletal muscle mitochondria damage.
The patients in the study were given dark chocolate bars and a chocolate beverage made from epicatechins-enriched cocoa, for a total intake of 100 mg of epicatechins per day. Biopsies of the skeletal muscles of the patients were taken before and after the treatment. After three months, all of the patients all showed a marked improvement in mitochondrial structure and volume, an increase in mitochondria production and consequently, an improved overall functional capacity.
Dr. Victor Marchione, an expert in Pulmonary Medicine and spokesperson for Bel Marra Health says, the study was small, but encouraging nonetheless, and UC San Diego School of Medicine and VASDHS are currently planning a larger placebo controlled study to assess if epicatechins-rich cocoa can help improve exercise capacity in patients with heart failure and diabetes.
Although more studies need to be done to confirm the effectiveness of cocoa as a skeletal muscle function enhancer, CEO of Bel Marra Health Jim Chiang says numerous studies have already conformed that cocoa delivers several health benefits. He says, Cocoa is nutrient dense, and a great source of iron, fiber, magnesium and antioxidants. Not only does it act as a form of alternative pain relief in your body, it also appears to act as a natural antidepressant by boosting the levels of the happy neurotransmitter serotonin.
(SOURCE: UC San Diego Health System, Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function, March 2012)
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