Walk better with dark chocolate
If you suffer from peripheral artery disease, you may be able to get relief from a surprisingly sweet source: dark chocolate. Find out how from Kevin Soden, MD in this HelathSmarts.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Do you know that one in five adults over the age of 70
has peripheral arterial disease. Hi. I'm Dr. Soden. Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD,
is a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries. It commonly occurs in the legs, making it difficult and painful
to walk. While a small study hints at some sweet relief for PAD, nibbling dark chocolate may help improve circulation
and make it easier to walk. In the study, volunteers who ate 40 grams of dark chocolate-- that's about an ounce and a half--
improved their walking time and distance in treadmill tests. Milk chocolate didn't deliver the same benefits.
Researchers believe that polyphenols in dark chocolate are responsible for the improvement. So if you have a sweet tooth, make a little dark chocolate
your treat of choice. And for the most benefit, look for chocolate that's at least 85% cacao.
It's a sweet way to nourish your healthy circulation. I'm Dr. Soden. For more ways to boost your health,
watch all our smart tips. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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