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Some sweet news arrived today for those suffering from type 2 diabetes or advanced heart failure; researchers from UCSD School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System found that cocoa might boost activity in "fuel cells", helping to strengthen skeletal muscles and reduce fatigue.

During a three-month trial researchers fed patients 100 mg of epicatechin, the ingredient found in dark chocolate. After the trial, Mitochondria, the energy-producing structure in cells became stronger. Weakened and dysfunctional Mitochondria is often to blame on the fatigue and lack of energy found in diabetics and those with heart failure.

Pam R. Taub, MD, assistant professor of medicine at UC San Diego and the VA San Diego Healthcare System, was the lead investigator. Taub now plans to begin a new clinical trial which will include normally inactive subjects mixed with people with heart disease and diabetes.

Those wanting to find out more information on the clinical trial can call 858-552-8585, extension 3866.

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