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Drinking a mug of cocoa once a day could help people with MS battle fatigue, research suggests.
Patients who drank cocoa drink rich in flavonoids every day for six weeks reported less fatigue and pain, scientists at Oxford Brookes University found.
Researchers - Flavonoids - Cocoa - Properties
The researchers believe this is because the flavonoids in cocoa have anti-inflammatory properties.
Multiple sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting 100,000 people in Britain.
Condition - Women - Men - Causes - Patients
The condition, which affects twice as many women as men, causes fatigue among nine in ten patients, along with pain and eventually loss of mobility and sight problems.
The condition is caused when the body's immune system malfunctions, and instead of warding off diseases turns instead to attack the body's own nerves.
Study - BMJ - Journal - Neurology - Neurosurgery
The new study, published in the BMJ Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, split 40 people recently diagnosed with the relapsing remitting form of MS and fatigue into two groups.
The first were told to drink a cup of either high-flavonoid cocoa powder mixed with heated rice milk every day for six weeks, or a low-flavonoid version for the same duration.
Participants - Minutes - Medication - Eating - Drinking
Participants were told to wait 30 minutes before taking any prescribed medication or eating or drinking anything else, but otherwise they could stick to their usual diet.
Fatigue levels were assessed throughout the study, and those on the drinks rated their fatigue on a scale of one to 10, at 10am, 3pm and 8pm every day.
Activity - Levels - Pedometer
Activity levels were also measured with a pedometer.
After six weeks, there was...
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