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Dark Chocolate Can Aid Circulatory Problems

dark-chocolateChocolate fans may find yet another reason to love the sweet goodness that it often brings. A study conducted by scientists at Sapienza University found that the polyphenols found in dark chocolate can increase blood flow. This is especially good news to patients who suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Half of the study’s subjects were administered 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate and the other half 1.5 ounces of milk chocolate by researchers. Researchers then observed the effects as patients walked on treadmills for a period of time. The results presented that the group that had been given the dark chocolate was able to walk 11% farther, demonstrating improved circulation in their extremities.

Poor circulation in the feet is often very uncomfortable. If you are struggling with poor circulation, contact podiatrist Dr. Jeff Wachtel, D.P.M., of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Dr. Wachtel can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain
-numbness in legs
-skin discoloration
-slower nail & hair growth
-erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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