Daily mugs of co­coa could soothe achy legs

Daily Mail - - Good Health -

DRINK­ING co­coa could ease the leg pain caused by pe­riph­eral artery dis­ease (PAD).

This is where a build-up of fatty de­posits in the blood ves­sels in the legs re­stricts blood flow to mus­cles, caus­ing pain, es­pe­cially when walk­ing.

In a trial at North­west- ern Univer­sity in Illi­nois, U.S., 44 men and women with PAD will have three co­coa-based drinks a day for six months. Pre­vi­ous med­i­cal re­search has shown that epi­cat­e­chin, an an­tiox­i­dant in co­coa, helps im­prove blood flow by di­lat­ing blood ves­sels.

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