The name alone sounds ready-made for a marketing campaign. Maybe for some new candy treat, a hot drink, or even a wild new spa treatment at Hershey Park.
But, believe it or not, it’s science, my friend. As new research reveals how a compound locked inside everyone’s favorite candy, could help seniors battling a common and often crippling health condition.
And if you’re struggling to walk due to painful peripheral artery disease (PAD), cocoa could turn out to be more than just a treat.
It could hold the key to restoring your ability to get around. And with it, your quality of life.
Protect your legs with COCOA THERAPY
We all have our bad habits. But sometimes they turn out to not really be so bad after all.
That delicious steak is an excellent source of healthy fats and essential proteins. And a little booze can enhance the heart and protect the brain.
Even poker night is proven to help boost health and extend longevity thanks to the social interactions it can bring to otherwise lonely seniors.
One of mine, I’ll admit, is a nice big mug of hot cocoa on a chilly night.
Not the super-sugary stuff, but good dark chocolate with a delicious bitter bite. And for a little extra kick – of both flavor and health benefits – the “Aztec” version with some chili peppers is even better. (My mouth is watering just thinking about it.)
But the most crucial ingredient in GOOD cocoa – as in the healthiest stuff — is a compound called epicatechin. It’s a flavanol that’s also found in tea, wine, and a few other foods.
In the study, folks with PAD were given a daily drink with either 15 grams of cocoa, which included 75mg of epicatechin, or a placebo that had neither.
After six months, the folks who got the real Choco-therapy were able to walk about 140 feet further over six minutes than the ones given the placebo.
They also had other improvements including…
- better blood flow through the calves
- increased density of the capillaries (the small blood vessels that are so important to your circulation)
Trying Choco-therapy at home
Encouraging? Absolutely. If you’re suffering from troubling PAD symptoms such as cramping, numbness, and weakness in your legs, those changes could lead to MAJOR improvements.
But keep in mind you’re NOT going to get these kinds of results from a mug of Swiss Miss.
This was a unique hot cocoa blend enhanced with extra flavanols. The 75mg of epicatechin in the drink used in the study is about two and a half times what you’d get from a standard mug of hot chocolate.
Battling PAD and want to try Choco-Therapy yourself? Look for an epicatechin enhanced cocoa. They’re now relatively easy to find online from places like Amazon.
You can also find cocoa supplements with all the flavanols and none of the sugar, as well as epicatechin supplements. Just be sure to stick to high-quality formulas from a trusted maker.
Like good chocolate, some things are worth paying a little extra for.