Dark Chocolate Intake Acutely Enhances Neutrophil Count in Peripheral Venous Blood

Document Type: Letters to the Editor

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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.

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