Just in time for Easter….eating small amounts of dark chocolate may improve your endurance performance when working out! What? Really? This is according to researchers at Kingston University in England.
Apparently, dark chocolate contains the ingredient epicatechin (say that 10 times fast), a plant nutrient found in cocoa. Previous studies have shown that it also has a positive effect on the brain and heart as well. Ohhhhh….tell me more!
The New York Times reports, “Epicatechin is known to prompt cells that line blood vessels to release extra nitric oxide, a substance that has multiple effects in the body. Nitric oxide slightly increases vasodilation, or a widening of the veins and arteries, improving blood flow and cardiac function. It also gooses muscle cells to take in more blood sugar, providing them with more energy, and it enhances the passage of oxygen into cells.”
Everything in moderation! Get more on the story HERE.