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A cup of hot chocolate a day could keep the doctor away: Cocoa boosts blood circulation in legs and helps keep over 60s on their feet

Drinking hot chocolate could help over 60s stay on their feet after a study shows cocoa boosts blood circulation in the legs. Those who drank a mug of cocoa three times a day for six months were able to walk significantly further in a walking test at the end of the study. Cocoa is abundant in a compound called epicatechin, also found in dark chocolate.  Researchers think it's epicatechin that may improve blood flow to participants' calves, allowing them to go the extra distance. The study was done on people with the common peripheral artery disease or 'PAD,' which is a narrowing of the arteries.  Read more....

 

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