Cocoa inhibits platelet activation and function.

  title={Cocoa inhibits platelet activation and function.},
  author={Dietrich Rein and Teresa G Paglieroni and Ted Wun and Debra A. Pearson and Harold H. Schmitz and Robert Gosselin and Carl L. Keen},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  volume={72 1},
BACKGROUND Epidemiologic studies have shown inverse associations between dietary polyphenols and mortality from coronary heart disease. However, the basis for this protective association is uncertain. Food polyphenols reportedly have antioxidant properties and decrease platelet function in vitro. OBJECTIVE This study sought to evaluate whether consumption of a polyphenol-rich cocoa beverage modulates human platelet activation and primary hemostasis. DESIGN Peripheral blood was obtained from… CONTINUE READING