Scientists research whether dark chocolate may help combat kidney disease
COULD a few squares of dark chocolate a day help tackle chronic kidney disease? That's the thinking behind a two-month trial with 50 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a condition that reduces kidney function and leads to tiredness and swollen ankles.
The patients are being given 40g of dark chocolate daily. Dark chocolate contains compounds called polyphenols, naturally occurring antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory effects.
Scientists at the Federal University of Fluminense in Brazil believe it will reduce the levels of inflammation causing the CKD.
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