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A Study Determining If Chocolate Can Ease Fatigue Is Being Funded

November 17, 2015

The MS Society has announced that it will fund researchers at Oxford Brookes University to determine whether chocolate (specifically dark chocolate), can reduce fatigue, which is one of the most common symptoms in MS patients worldwide.

The trial will include 40 people who have been diagnosed with MS. They will be given hot chocolate every single day for 6 weeks. Half of the patients will receive a hot chocolate rich in flavonoids, while the others will be given a drink with low levels of flavonoids.

The flavonoids are thought to also reduce inflammation in patients as well. Dr Shelly Coe, who is running the trial at Oxford Brookes University, said: “Dark chocolate is generally seen as a food that’s bad for you but it has good things in it - including flavonoids.

“We’ve run the idea of this trial past a lot of people such as those at MS support groups and medics, and they’ve really liked it.”

“We’ll be looking at the impact of cocoa flavonoids on inflammation and the role that plays in fatigue. There’s no cure for fatigue in people with MS, although the majority of those with the condition experience this symptom at some point.”