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Iran J Pathol. 2017 Summer;12(3):311-312. Epub 2017 Jul 1.

Dark Chocolate Intake Acutely Enhances Neutrophil Count in Peripheral Venous Blood.

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Section of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Verona, Verona, Italy.

Abstract

Beside the well-established impact on decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases (1), recent attention has been paid to the relationship between cocoa-containing foods and the immune system (2), showing that dark chocolate consumption enhances the systemic defense against bacterial (3) and viral (4) infections. Hence, the current study aimed at investigating the acute effect of dark chocolate intake on peripheral blood leukocytes.

KEYWORDS:

Chocolate; Cocoa; Infection; Leukocytes; Neutrophils

PMID:
29531561
PMCID:
PMC5835384

Conflict of interest statement

The authors declare that there was no conflict of interest.

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