What Do Dark Chocolate & Jogging Have In Common????
September 19, 2011
Well brace yourselves for a real shocker… according to a recent study, eating dark chocolate improves athletic performance just as much as exercise. Skeptical?? I sure am, but here’s the claim…
Dark chocolate contains the plant compound epicatechin, which appears to stimulate muscle growth in a similar way to vigorous activity such as jogging. And when small doses were eaten in combination with regular exercise, performance was boosted by 50 per cent.
Dr Moh Malek, from Wayne State University in Detroit, said: ‘Aerobic exercise, such as running or cycling, is known to increase the number of mitochondria in muscle cells. Our study has found that epicatechin seems to bring about the same response – particularly in the heart and skeletal muscles.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2037556/How-dark-chocolate-boosts-fitness-exercise.html#ixzz1YPvOburC