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Could Dark Chocolate Reduce Symptoms Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Posted Apr 11 2009 1:00am

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Could dark chocolate help relieve some symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome? A new study says it may.

According to the scientists from Hull York Medical School who carried out the pilot study, it is possible the dark chocolate is boosting levels of serotonin, a brain chemical. They also stressed that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients should consume moderate amounts of chocolate.

Recently dark chocolate has also been found to be beneficial in helping lower blood pressure. Of course it’s not recommended as a treatment, and should be used in moderation. I love dark chocolate, so if this turns out to be true, I’ll have no problem munching on a bit of dark chocolate each day.

However, I’m not 100% sold on these studies…I would really like to know who is sponsoring these studies in the first place…Could the “chocolate” industry be attempting to increase sales? After the last study came out about dark chocolate decreasing blood pressure, my local supermarket actually sold out of it. Hmmm. I just don’t know. And it also seems that just about every chocolate candy is now also available in dark chocolate.

With that said, I’m reporting on this now, but I will be following-up. I have emailed the medical school responsible for this study asking for more information, when I get it I will update this post.

*SEE UPDATED INFORMATIONHERE.

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Could dark chocolate help relieve some symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome? A new study says it may.

According to the scientists from Hull York Medical School who carried out the pilot study, it is possible the dark chocolate is boosting levels of serotonin, a brain chemical. They also stressed that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients should consume moderate amounts of chocolate.

Recently dark chocolate has also been found to be beneficial in helping lower blood pressure. Of course it’s not recommended as a treatment, and should be used in moderation. I love dark chocolate, so if this turns out to be true, I’ll have no problem munching on a bit of dark chocolate each day.

However, I’m not 100% sold on these studies…I would really like to know who is sponsoring these studies in the first place…Could the “chocolate” industry be attempting to increase sales? After the last study came out about dark chocolate decreasing blood pressure, my local supermarket actually sold out of it. Hmmm. I just don’t know. And it also seems that just about every chocolate candy is now also available in dark chocolate.

With that said, I’m reporting on this now, but I will be following-up. I have emailed the medical school responsible for this study asking for more information, when I get it I will update this post.

*SEE UPDATED INFORMATIONHERE.

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<a href=”http://www.capessa.com”><img src=”http://www.capessa.com/UserImage.aspx?f=Image/Buttons/Full_Banner_Long_new.

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