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  • We all love sweets.

  • And even if you're very health and fitness-conscious, it's hard to simply do away with all the

  • yummy goodness.

  • For some of us, the problem lies with the insatiable addiction to chocolate.

  • But, what if our joy of chocolate can be a good thing?

  • Heck, what if it can help you build muscle?

  • Well, that's the case being made about dark chocolate.

  • The belief is that dark chocolate can increase muscle growth because it contains the flavanol

  • epicatechin.

  • Epicatechin has been hypothesized to invoke two significant muscle-building properties:

  • decreasing myostatin, and increasing follistatin.

  • A 2014 study seeking potential methods to diminish the effects of sarcopenia, the process

  • in which we lose muscle mass due to aging, tested exactly for this.

  • With roughly 150 milligrams of epicatechin supplementation per day, the 6 middle-aged

  • subjects saw a 16.6% myostatin decrease and a 49.2% follistatin increase.

  • So why is all of this important?

  • Myostatin is a regulating protein that alters the rate of muscle growth, creating a genetic

  • muscle ceiling.

  • The more myostatin present, the lower the amount of muscle you can build.

  • As seen in other animals, the lack of myostatin can invoke unnatural amounts of muscle.

  • The protein follistatin, has an antagonist effect to myostatin, diminishing myostatin's

  • muscle limiting effect.

  • Fittingly, if your goal is to build muscle, you want myostatin reduced, but not to the

  • point of completely removing it.

  • And as showcased, this is a very likely scenario with epicatechin and the necessary amount

  • can be obtained through dark chocolate.

  • Howeverthe amount you have to eat is relatively high.

  • Now, all dark chocolates are not created equal.

  • The ones with the highest epicatechin content are the ones with the highest cocoa purity.

  • You will need 100 grams of 50% cocoa dark chocolate to reach the 150 milligrams of epicatetchin

  • used in the study.

  • However, you will only need 60 grams of 85% cocoa dark chocolate to reach the same amount.

  • Do the math and that's roughly 350 to 600 calories from nothing but chocolateper

  • day.

  • For some, that's not a problem.

  • For others, especially those with weight restricted goals, it will be quite difficult to reach

  • this amount.

  • And whether consuming smaller amounts will still yield any growth benefits remain to

  • be seen.

  • On top of that, it's not entirely certain that even high amounts of epicatechin can

  • ensure greater muscle growth, but the research does look promising.

  • Either way, the epicatechin benefits don't stop there.

  • It can potentially increase testosterone, increase ghrelin, which suppresses appetite,

  • and increase nitric oxide, which can improve blood flow to the muscles.

  • Time will only tell how effective epicatechin and dark chocolate can be.

  • For now, if you're already enjoying a decent dose of your favorite dark chocolate, you

  • can have some peace of mind knowing your sweets can potentially improve your gains.

  • What's your thoughts on dark chocolate gains?

  • Believe the hype?

  • Share your thoughts below.

  • Check out some new PictureFit tees while you're at it.

  • And as always, thanks for watching!

We all love sweets.

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Can CHOCOLATE Help You Build MUSCLE?

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    joey joey posted on 2021/05/07
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