The mysterious light of dark chocolate

Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2015 Mar;43(2):199-207. doi: 10.5543/tkda.2015.70360.


A healthy diet plays a key role in the prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases. Dark chocolate in particular has been shown to improve endothelial functions and lipid profile and to have cardiovascular protective effects via an inhibitory action on platelet functions. Recently, several studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of chocolate, primarily on hypertension and other conditions such as coronary artery disease and hyperlipidemia. The present review provides a summary of the ingredients, bioavailability and cardiovascular protective effects of chocolate / cocoa and the published effects of chocolate on a number of cardiovascular diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cacao*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Flavonoids / administration & dosage
  • Flavonoids / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage*
  • Plant Extracts / chemistry*


  • Flavonoids
  • Plant Extracts