Cocoa polyphenols and inflammatory markers of cardiovascular disease

Nutrients. 2014 Feb 21;6(2):844-80. doi: 10.3390/nu6020844.


Epidemiological studies have demonstrated the beneficial effect of plant-derived food intake in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The potential bioactivity of cocoa and its polyphenolic components in modulating cardiovascular health is now being studied worldwide and continues to grow at a rapid pace. In fact, the high polyphenol content of cocoa is of particular interest from the nutritional and pharmacological viewpoints. Cocoa polyphenols are shown to possess a range of cardiovascular-protective properties, and can play a meaningful role through modulating different inflammatory markers involved in atherosclerosis. Accumulated evidence on related anti-inflammatory effects of cocoa polyphenols is summarized in the present review.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology*
  • Biological Availability
  • Biomarkers / blood*
  • Cacao / chemistry*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / blood*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Inflammation / blood
  • Polyphenols / pharmacology*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic


  • Antioxidants
  • Biomarkers
  • Polyphenols