Cocoa reduces inflammation in fat tissue - implications in cellulite reduction

  • Fat tissue is quite often in a chronic state of low-grade inflammation, which is a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, adipose tissue inflammation is one of the aspects of cellulite, which is related to glycation and oxidative damage, also found in cellulite.
  • Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) is a polyphenol-rich food with well-known anti-inflammatory activities which can help fight fat tissue inflammation - and consequently cellulite.
  • A new study has now found how cocoa fights adipose tissue inflammation caused by high fat diet: cocoa supplementation reduces the levels of several inflammation-related markers in fat tissue, including TNF-alpha, iNOS, arachidonic acid, adipose-specific phospholipase A2 and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and plasma endotoxin by up to 60%.
  • This practically means that cocoa, especially high-polyphenol cocoa, can be safely and effectively used to fight inflammation in fat tissue and help reduce cellulite.
  • Furthermore, high polyphenol cocoa extract may be used in anti-cellulite creams to help fight inflammation in cellulite. This is in addition to cocoa's well-known skin firming and circulation enhancing properties, which also help fight cellulite, offering a triple effect against cellulite.
  • Dark chocolate, a food rich in cocoa polyphenols but also in sugar, is not an amazing anti-inflammatory food (sugar is known to promote inflammation), but it is still better than any other sugar-rich food. So practically, chocolate can not be used to fight fat tissue inflammation or cellulite, despite it's high cocoa content.
  • Source: Dietary cocoa reduces metabolic endotoxemia and adipose tissue inflammation in high-fat fed mice, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24561154