Dark chocolate

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Hi , I see some very old articles on the benefit of 85% cocoa dark chocolate per day forME sufferers and wondered if anyone actually tried this . I've avoided chocolate or any sugar for the last 7 months but as my symptoms are worstening at the moment I thought it might be a worth while experiment ! And maybe a joyful one 😀 would be keen to hear any one who's tried ?

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    As soon as the word "chocolate" popped up I had to answer. I've started eating a chunk of 75% Valhrona chocolate every morning. It does help. It boosts my energy level and also, strangely enough, helps my neuropathy. All while elevating my mood and easing ME/CFS symptoms in general. Apparently, Dr. Jose Montoya and other at Stanford do recommend dark chocolate as part of their protocol.

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    Ive tried putting a little cocoa powder in my decaf green tea , very little, like 1/4 teaspoon as i am very sensative to caffeine and it did give me a little lift but didnt do much other than that. I have to be careful as i also have Pots and they say no caffeinesad. Stinks cuz i love the flavor of coffee from time to time. Not a huge chocolate person but do miss reeses cups😣. But i had read how coffee can be good for you so i bought some organic kind and added 2 tablespoons to my tea. Just cant do it. But as with Everything, what works for some, doesnt work for others. Good luck!

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      Hi Tracy,

      There's a cook book by Ella Woodwood called Deliciously Ella, she also had POTS and she used raw Cocoa, have a read. It really helped me rethink my diet even though i am already dairy free and wheat free and gave up caffeine a long time ago due to sensitivity (extreme irregular heart beat twice and palpatations another and I'd loved coffee!). I've eaten dark chocolate throughout my cfs/me but, some do contain traces of milk so be aware of that.

      Beverley

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      Well fooey Beverley 01. Your comment didnt come thru. Did you post a link?. This site is so picky about things . Wonder why?? It could be helpful information!! Ugh. Could you send me a private message ? Im anxious to hear your comment . I have no other life, sadly 😣😃

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      Thank you Beverly! I will check it out. I do try to eat healthy! Its alot of hard work. Ugh. Wheat and dairy dont seem to affect my chronic EBV but i do cut down alot! And yes palpitations and all for me too with caffeine. 😣

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    A few years ago after being diagnosed as having cfs I was recommended by my GP to get one hundred percent chocolate powder from the health food shop together with various nuts and seeds. The nuts and seeds to be ground up and 2 tsp added to 2 tsp of chocolate to make a chocolate drink. To be taken daily. I did not notice a great improvement but I later discovered I did not have cfs but non coeliac gluten intolerance. I still make the drink occasionally as I think it is very healthy. Good luck to all of you still suffering. I hope a cure is found soon.
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    I eat 2 squares of dark chocolate daily and feel it helps a little at the time (plus it's nice to have a treat!). Dark chocolate contains magnesium which can lead to fatigue if you don't have enough in your diet. You can get magnesium from other food sources too as well as from using Epsom salts in your bath. I also use raw cacoa powder on my cereal and feel it gives me a boost. No harm in trying it - you need some pleasures in life!!

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    Well, if it were me I would definitely eat some! What harm can it do? It may do you a lot of good. I have been experimenting with some herbs, but chocolate is much tastier! I might try that idea too. I think we are all getting so afraid of "sugar" nowadays, and there won't be a lot in dark chocolate really....not like Cadbury's dairy milk,

    To tell you the truth honey  (just regular store bought, not Manuka or anything) was one of my saving graces these last few weeks. There were times I couldn't eat food but could always eat honey or some bread and honey. It helped me a lot to get through the bad times. And you can't get much sweeter than honey.

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    The research which claimed chocolate was useful for CFS was poor quality, and probably nonsense. But if you enjoy eating chocolate, the 85% stuff will be lower sugar and healthier than the rest. Having a nice time is good for anyone.
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      If top doctors at Stanford are prescribing chocolate, I'd still give that idea some credence. It does help me with my symptoms. But, as we know, everyone is different. And as you say, having a nice time is good for anyone.

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