Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function

A small clinical trial led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found that patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after three months of treatment with epicatechin-enriched cocoa. Epicatechin is a flavonoid found in dark chocolate. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Test tubes in a laboratory.
Pam R. Taub, MD, principal investigator of the initial study, is now leading a larger clinical trial. Dr. Taub, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, was named to the 2011 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list.

The study’s senior investigator, Francisco J. Villarreal, MD, PhD, is professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology.  |  Read the abstract of the research report in Clinical and Translational Science