Health Guide


What is it?

Cocoa is a dietary supplement used as an antioxidant, for lactose intolerance, chocolate cravings, to increase the immune system functioning, and lower cholesterol (blood fat) levels. It may also be used for a medical test called a cholecystography. Scientific studies have found that people who use Cocoa can exercise longer and drive better.

Other names for Cocoa include: Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Seed, Cocoa Semen, and Kakao.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Cocoa you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Cocoa. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.


  • Before taking Cocoa, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Do not take Cocoa if you are allergic to Cocoa or chocolate

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Headache (5)
  • Acne (6)
  • Colic in infants (7)
  • Constipation (difficulty having a bowel movement) (8)
  • Upset stomach (9)


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2. Harvey I: Milk chocolate as the fatty acid meal in oral cholecystography. Clin Radio 1977; 28(6):635-636.

3. Lee C & Hardy C: Cocoa feeding and human lactose intolerance. Am J Clin Nutr 1989; 49(5):840-844.

4. Shahkhalili Y et al: Calcium supplementation of chocolate: Effect on cocoa butter digestibility and blood lipids in humans. Am J Clin Nutr 2001;73(2):246-252.

5. Seltzer S: Foods, and food and drug combinations, responsible for head and neck pain. Cephalagia 1982; 2(2); 111-124.

6. Rossner S: Chocolate - divine food, fattening junk or nutritious supplementation? Eur J Clin Nutr 1997; 51(6):341-345.

7. Lust K, Brown J & Thomas W: Maternal intake of cruciferous vegetables and other foods and colic symptoms in exclusively breast-fed infants. J Am Diet Assoc 1996; 96(1):46-48.

8. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A et al (eds): The Complete German Commission E Monographs, 1st ed. American Botanical Council, Austin, TX; 1998.

9. Rossner S: Chocolate--divine food, fattening junk or nutritious supplementation? Eur J Clin Nutr 1997; 51(6):341-345.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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