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 don’t 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 I’m 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!
Michael Greger, M.D.
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