A clinical trial at the University of California, San Diego, revealed a new benefit of dark chocolate. Five people with type 2 diabetes and advanced heart failure had the mitochondria in their muscles measured before and after three months of consuming dark chocolate enriched with epicatechin, one of the flavonoids found in cacao. The beverage and chocolate bars the volunteers were given provided 100 mg of epicatechin daily. After three months, the muscle mitochondria, the energy factories of cells, had recovered nearly to normal levels. Encouraged by these findings, the researchers are beginning a larger placebo-controlled study to see if exercise capacity also improves after treatment with epicatechin-enriched chocolate.
[Clinical and Translational Science, March 2, 2012]

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  1. Elle H
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    Is this new clinical trial still open for new participants not living in CA?

  2. beau10
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    I dump Nestle’ Tollhouse 100% pure cocoa (no Dutch processed) into my coffee with stevia for my own cheap and healthier version of a $tarbuck’$ coffee. I also use the same cocoa for recipes. After checking-out the Tollhouse site and discovering nothing re “epicatechin”, I googled epicatechin and found it is in teas, WINE (yay, team), fruit and vegetable. Ergo: eat yourself to good epicatechin health and polish-off the meal with a few sips (I have finally found the best excuse) of wine.

  3. beansngreens
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    Is epicatechin-enriched chocolate widely available to consumers, such as Hershey’s or Ghiradelli cocoa powder and/or Lindt 85% dark chocolate bars, or is this something available only to the researchers?
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: This is available only to the researchers. Mars has a flavonoid-enriched product it sells as a dietary supplement under the names CocoaVia and Cirku.

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