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Does chocolate affect the healing of open wounds?

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Posted on Sat, 27 Apr 2013
Question: DOES CHOCOLATE EFFECT THE HEALING OF OPEN WOUNDS SUCH AS BED SORES THAT I HAVE HAD OVER A YEAR?OPEN WOUNDS
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Answered by Dr. Balaji Chinnasami (19 minutes later)
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Thanks for your query to healthcare magic.

Cocoa found in chocolates are a XXXXXXX source of flavonoids. These compounds protect the body from the damaging effects of chemicals known as free radicals and they help in wound healing. However, more high-quality studies are needed before a definitive conclusion can be drawn.

At the same time Chocolate may raise blood sugar levels. Caution is advised in patients with diabetes and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Blood glucose levels may need to be monitored.

Avoid foods such as broth, soda and processed foods as they delay wound healing. Instead eat whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, eggs and lean meats.

Hope the information was helpful. Im happy to answer any further questions in this regard, if no kindly close the query & rate it.
Take care,
Dr. Balaji Chinnasami, MD
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Does chocolate affect the healing of open wounds?

Hi,

Thanks for your query to healthcare magic.

Cocoa found in chocolates are a XXXXXXX source of flavonoids. These compounds protect the body from the damaging effects of chemicals known as free radicals and they help in wound healing. However, more high-quality studies are needed before a definitive conclusion can be drawn.

At the same time Chocolate may raise blood sugar levels. Caution is advised in patients with diabetes and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Blood glucose levels may need to be monitored.

Avoid foods such as broth, soda and processed foods as they delay wound healing. Instead eat whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, eggs and lean meats.

Hope the information was helpful. Im happy to answer any further questions in this regard, if no kindly close the query & rate it.
Take care,
Dr. Balaji Chinnasami, MD