Research published online in Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry suggests that cocoa can help curb the fatigue that is typically associated with multiple sclerosis (MS).
If the findings are confirmed in larger studies, cocoa could provide a dietary approach to a persistent and hard to treat symptoms of MS, the researchers suggest.
British Medical Journal said previous research suggests that dark chocolate, containing between 70 and 85 per cent cocoa solids, is associated with an improvement in subjectively assessed fatigue in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME). This prompted the researchers to see if it might also be worth exploring its potential in helping to tackle the fatigue associated with MS.
“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 researchers said.
Given the anti-inflammatory properties of flavonoids, they could be used alongside other approaches, such as exercise, drug treatment, and physiotherapy, to treat fatigue.
More detail can be found at: https://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2019/01/31/jnnp-2018-319926