dark chocolate is helping people walk?

Yes folks, it’s true. (Can there BE any better news?)

First I’ll start with the most recent study…Anyone out there ever hear of PAD? PAD is peripheral artery disease.

According to the American Heart Association, peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms, and head – it occurs most commonly in the arteries of the legs. PAD is similar to coronary artery disease (CAD) and carotid artery disease. Each condition involves a hardening of the arteries which can restrict the blood supply to either the heart or the brain.

People with PAD might also experience a condition called intermittent claudication (IC).  IC involves impaired blood flow to the limbs, especially during exercise. Symptoms of IC during bouts of exercise, specifically walking, include pain (such as an ache, cramp, numbness or sense of fatigue), in the calf muscle, and is only relieved by a short period of rest. This can be frustrating for someone who needs to walk to improve their health and wellness.

That being said, the American Heart Association reports a study from Rome has indicated that dark chocolate has a positive effect on improving artery flexibility and walking autonomy in the PAD patient experiencing IC. Isn’t that wonderful? Dark chocolate is helping people walk. Of course it was a small scale study and yes, they need to research it more. But just think…what about the implications for the rest of us?

There is something in me that loves the fact that dark chocolate is helping people feel better (it’s probably all of the dark chocolate I’ve eaten). These days, I get my dark chocolate in the form of  bittersweet chocolate morsels made with 60% cacao. Yes, I pop a couple of ghiaradelli morsels each night after dinner. I consider this behavior hard core dark chocolate consumption. It’s hard core because I’ve totally given up the chocolate chip cookie ‘package’ that surrounds the morsels. Who needs the extra calories, flour and sugar? I just want the pure chocolate in it’s simplest form.

Need more proof that the dark chocolate truffle you ate after lunch is because your Doctor would recommend it , click on the picture to find out…


Why You Should Indulge In Dark Chocolate Daily | healthylivinghowto.com Like we needed an excuse...



For those of us on the planet who don’t need any more reasons why we should consume dark chocolate, here are a few anyway…dark chocolate does a lot of good stuff for the body. It contains healthy fats and  antioxidants, it has been shown to lower blood pressure and insulin sensitivity, it lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and may be therapeutic for fatty livers, lastly (and this is my favorite) – it has been shown to help with resistance to UV damage. Whaaat? Protects us from sun damage? Look out Rocky Mountain Chocolate – my next walk is in your direction!

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