Cocoa May Curb Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis.

(Source: Medscape.com) – Consuming cocoa may offer a feasible and effective dietary approach to the common problem of fatigue in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), new research suggests. Results of a small, double-blind feasibility study show that after 6 weeks, RRMS patients who drank high-flavonoid cocoa experienced improvement in fatigue and walking speed compared with their counterparts who consumed a low-flavonoid version of the beverage. Those in the high-flavonoid group also experienced a self-reported reduction in pain symptoms.

"Our study establishes that the use of dietary interventions is feasible and may offer possible long-term benefits to support fatigue management, by improving fatigue and walking endurance," the investigators, led by Shelly Coe, RNutr, Oxford Brookes Centre for Nutrition and Health, Oxford, England, write.

The rest of the article is paywalled on Medscape. Try the following link to the paper's abstract posted on the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

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