The below doses are based on scientific research, publications, traditional use, or expert opinion. Many herbs and supplements have not been thoroughly tested, and safety and effectiveness may not be proven. Brands may be made differently, with variable ingredients, even within the same brand. The below doses may not apply to all products. You should read product labels, and discuss doses with a qualified healthcare provider before starting therapy.
Adults (18 years and older)
For use as an antioxidant, one serving of the flavanol-rich drink CocoaVia® taken by mouth has been used.
For cardiovascular disease, one flavanol-rich chocolate bar and cocoa drink taken by mouth once daily for six weeks has been used. One CocoaVia® drink for two days has also been used.
For high cholesterol, one CocoaVia® Crunch snack bar daily for six weeks has been used. One high-flavanol cocoa drink daily for six weeks has also been used.
For high blood pressure , 100g of dark chocolate taken by mouth daily for 15 days has been used.
For skin conditions, a high-flavanol cocoa powder dissolved in hot water taken by mouth daily for 12 weeks has been used.
For wound healing, cocoa butter rubbed on a burn scar for 30 minutes twice a week for five weeks has been used.
As an insect repellent, cocoa oil applied to the skin has been used.
Children (under 18 years old)
For constipation, a supplement containing 4g of cocoa husk dissolved in 200mL of milk taken by mouth twice daily for four weeks in children 3-6 years old has been used. A larger dose of the same supplement, containing 8g of cocoa husk dissolved in 200mL of milk, taken by mouth twice daily for four weeks in children 7-10 years old has been used.