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Dr Shelly Coe, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, has led a study into how a hot chocolate drink could be effective in tackling the fatigue associated with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Dr Coe and a team of researchers found that people given a cocoa drink rich in flavonoids reported less fatigue and pain than those given another drink.

A six week study funded by the MS Society examined the effects of cocoa flavonoids – compounds known for their antioxidant properties.

Researchers concluded that flavonoids could be fruitful in managing symptoms of MS, because they help to reduce inflammation in the body.

The new study, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, split 40 people recently diagnosed with the relapsing remitting form of MS and fatigue into two groups.