Everyone knows that I love chocolate. The teachers that I work with know. The students who I teach know. And now I have another great reason to eat chocolate! It turns out that something in cocoa, epicatechin, helps increase time to exhaustion in mice. Mice who took liquid epicatechin can run 50% longer than mice who took an equal amount of water. I read this on the New York Times Well blog. You can find the article link here: How Chocolate Can Help Your Workout.
But here is the problem, we humans could possibly get a similar effect from just 5 grams of dark chocolate a day! Just 5 grams a day! Why not more? If you take too much it doesn't help and may even hinder the effect.
In another article from 2007, it was said that this compound epicatechin, which is a flavonal, is so important that maybe it should be considered an essential vitamin!
OK. I got it! I need to get some dark chocolate and have a bite whenever I go out for a run from now on!