Dark chocolate for peripheral artery disease - are polyphenols the next new drug for PAD?

July 4, 2014 12:25 PM

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Dark chocolate for peripheral artery disease - are polyphenols the next new drug for PAD?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) prevents many people, many of them elderly, from walking easily. Dark chocolate may provide relief, based on a new study.

The disease is characterized by a narrowing of arteries, usually in legs. This is caused by the buildup of plaque in blood vessels, composed of fat, cholesterol and other compounds. The disorder can lead to pain and cramping while walking, and lessen endurance.

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