Natural Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating condition characterized by a minimum of 6 months of crushing mental and physical exhaustion, and those of us in the medical profession have no idea what causes it. We donít even have a good idea of how many people have it. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many as 7 and a half million Americans currently suffer from it. And we as physicians have very little to offer patients in terms of relieving their symptoms. This is one of the conditions that Iím always keeping an eye out for, in terms of new treatments.

So I was excited to find a new randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled crossover study that discovered a natural treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers. And even better, the treatment is chocolate. But how do you get the cacao phytonutrients credited for this effect without the added sugar and saturated fat (cocoa butter) found in even dark chocolate? Find out in today’s NutritionFacts.org video pick shown above.

Let me know what you think of my the-more-you-eat-the-healthier-you-are chocolate ice cream recipe, and please share any tips for making it even better!

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Image credit: roboppy / Flickr

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128 comments

Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn3 months ago

Many thanks to you !

Mary ann S.
mary ann s.2 years ago

Good to know

Winn Adams
Winnie Adams3 years ago

Thanks

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Dr. Michael Greger, for Sharing this!

Dale Overall

Sounds interesting in the fact that dark chocolate is good for you in moderation without a lot of sugar or other artificial ingredients. Not too sure about Nestle being involved as they are into a lot of snack things. Would be interesting if chocolate could help in some way but I guess a lot of research is involved when it comes to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome!

Ela V.
Ela V.3 years ago

thank you, i was assessed with chronic fatigue some time back...i didn't know why I was feeling like eating plenty of cocoa and why I was craving for dark chocolate ;)

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey3 years ago

Two and a half Tablespoons/ day. Thats a little difficult to squeeze into my morning cup of joe. I typically add 1 and 1/2 teaspoons and that gives my coffee a rich mocha flavor. Delicious.

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.3 years ago

Interesting article, thank you

Cornelia L.
Cornelia L.3 years ago

thanks for this information