Can Chocolate Combat Aging Muscles?

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According to a new study, eating dark chocolate may affect your health in the same way exercise does. Aerobic exercise like running increases the number of mitochondria in muscle cells. The study found that epicatechin, a plant compound found in dark chocolate, produces the same results.

The experiment was conducted on mice that were separated into three groups. One group was given epicatechin from cocoa twice a day, the second had epicatechin and 30 minutes on the treadmill every day and the last group did the exercise without taking the epicatechin. The compound made the mice produce more mitochondria (which power cells in our bodies) and increased the number of capillaries, which transport oxygen to muscles. The mice that had just been fed epicatechin and put on the treadmill performed just as well as the mice that had been training regularly.

Published in the Journal of Physiology, the study findings could help to develop treatments for muscle aging.

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