The Benefits of cacao
Chocolate is a thing most deem unhealthy and best steered clear of. With that being said, we believe anything consumed in moderation is good for you; nothing wrong with a bit of treat now and again.
However have we considered the main ingredient and its benefits? Let’s have a look at what cacao can do for you.
Release the euphoria
Raw cacao contains a mood booster called anandemide also known as the bliss molecule. This secret ingredient is the one that gives you the feeling of euphoria generally associated with chocolate. Raw chocolates are indeed delicious superfoods.
Protect your heart
Raw cacao is known to prevent cardiovascular disease with its anti-inflammatory antioxidant. The raw cacao found in chocoate can also reduce the risk of stroke and improves blood circulation.
Lower your blood pressure
Raw cacao is a wonderfully natural way in which to lower your blood pressure. Try adding about two tablespoons of raw cacao powder to hot water or a bit of milk for a rich and chocolatey drink.
Balances Hormonal Mood Swings
There is a reason why women tend to grab at chocolate during times of PMS. Cacao boosts brain levels of serotonin generally known as the good brain chemical. This superfood is also known to boost brain levels of calming hormones.
A bit of cacao a day might just keep those blood clots away
Research conducted at The Department of Nutrition at University of California have shown that cacao can thin blood and therefore prevent blood clots.
Cacao can help you lose weight
Cacao’s MAO inhibitors, often found in weight loss products, are known to reduce appetite thus drinking a hot cup of cacao before every meal can help you shed fat. It is advisable that you don’t drink more than fourty grams or four teaspoons of cacao daily.
Cacao contains a high concentration of magnesium which in turn helps increase energy levels and combat fatigue. Magnesium also protects against osteoporosis, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of getting type II diabetes. Two tablespoons of raw cacao powder contains 52 mg or 14% of the daily value of magnesium.
It has been found that the antioxidant properties of cacao can reduce insulin resistance and sensitivity in those with impaired glucose tolerance. Cacao also helps improve kidney and bowel function.
Why deny yourself the benefits and pleasure that raw cacao brings? Indulge a bit over those long weekends in March and love the benefits that come with this amazing superfood.