Researchers from Hull York Medical School have discovered that eating a small serving of dark chocolate bars daily may have an added health benefit – the reduction of fatigue. The study, published in Nutrition Journal, "found that polyphenol rich dark chocolate eases the condition, with subjects noting significant improvements to their well-being."
Patients in a pilot study, each of whom suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, found they had less fatigue when eating dark chocolate bars with a high cocoa content than with white chocolate bars dyed brown. Researchers said the results were surprising but dark chocolate may be having an effect on the brain chemical serotonin. Those in the study eating dark chocolate bars reported significantly less fatigue and reported feeling more fatigue when they stopped eating it. It is believed that this is due to the fact that dark chocolate is high in polyphenols, which also appear to improve unbalanced levels of serotonin in the brain. This imbalance has been linked with chronic fatigue syndrome.
HYMS Professor Steve Atkin noted that this new finding is “potentially very encouraging news for those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” CFS is currently estimated to affect upwards of one million adults in the United States alone.
Right now is the season when most people suffer from the winter blues. However, a daily dose of dark chocolate bars may be the key to keeping your outlook sunny all throughout the year!