The definitive trick to be able to walk lightly like the wind despite your tired calves can make your calorie counter explode: drink cocoa three times a day. A study shows that this increases blood circulation in the legs, an effect that is noticeable even if you are 60 years old.
If you are one of those who complain that doctors take away everything you like, pay attention to this study. Thanks to its high content of antioxidant flavonoids (especially epicatechin ), warm cocoa cups can help you walk more and better because this substance increases blood circulation.
That says a study by the Northwestern University of Chicago (and published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation Research magazine) in which they chose a group of people with peripheral arterial disease to drink a cup of cocoa three times a day during six months. After that time, those who had included this food in their diet walked further than those who had not drunk cocoa.
Peripheral artery disease is a narrowing of the arteries and causes pain, tightness, and cramping in the muscles of legs walking. People who suffer from it, mostly older, have difficulty walking because the muscles in their legs are not getting all the oxygen they need. The results of this study suggest that consuming cocoa regularly helps to protect the calf muscles.
Also, the researchers found that cocoa achieved other improvements in muscle health: it increased mitochondrial activity (which helps cells get energy) and the density of capillary vessels, which facilitates more oxygen to reach the tissues during the exercise.
While the study authors continue to study whether hot chocolate can be a good remedy against this disease (the group of volunteers was only 44 people), we anticipate the recipe that can make your legs, tired but not sick, can take advantage The virtues of cocoa: take 15 grams (always without sugar) three times a day.