Organic Cacao/Cocoa Powder (Antioxidant Rich Superfood)
Cacao is the purest form of cocoa powder that most people consume on a daily basis. It is in its raw and unprocessed form and without any additive whatsoever. Theobroma cacao is the delicate, tropical, evergreen cacao fruit tree that produces cacao pods which are cracked open to release cacao beans. The beans are then used to make different products which include cacao powder, cacao nibs and cacao butter. Cacao is not as sweet as the roasted and processed cocoa; it has a bitter taste. Cocoa on the other hand is low-fat constituent of the finely ground cacao beans and it has a sweet flavor.
It is held with high regard due to its antioxidant properties where it reverses the harmful processes that the body is exposed to. It is even thought to contain the highest amount of antioxidants as well as minerals you will find in any type of food. It has a lot of phytochemicals which include vitamins, minerals and other dietary nutrients.
There are numerous health benefits that you reap if you choose cacao to sort out some of your health issues. Some of the health benefits include
- A healthy heart and brain
This is due to the fact that cacao is one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium which is very crucial in the proper growth of the heart and brain. As for the brain, magnesium in cacao helps in synthesis of glucose to produce energy enabling it to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.
In ensuring a healthy heart, it prevents the risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases. Cacao has the ability to thin blood and prevent blood clots. Flavonoids which are antioxidants present in the cacao prevent low-density lipoprotein oxidation which causes plaque formation.
- Healthy bones and a proper body frame
Cacao has a lot of calcium as well and the amounts are greater than those present in a cow’s milk. This is very important for development of strong bones and limbs within the body as well as a strong body frame altogether. Healthy bones mean you are able to avoid fatigue and remain active as you go on with your activities.
- Improved moods
Cacao is a great natural mood elevator and this is attributed to very essential chemicals it contains. The chemicals – dopamine, serotonin, anandamide and phenyl ethylamine are perfect neurotransmitters which have a direct relation to cozy feelings of wellbeing, happiness and joy. It therefore serves as a natural and healthy way to get rid of depression and stress.
- Ensuring graceful aging
Cacao has the ability to prevent premature aging and this is courtesy of polyphenol antioxidants present. They have the ability to protect our cells from premature oxidation as well as destruction and this way you are able to look and seem younger. Basically, it works the same way as green tea and red wine but it is a better solution.
- Control of blood pressure
Polyphenol extracts from cacao have the effect of stabilising blood pressure levels as well as prehypertension. Continued use ensures that blood pressure levels are lowered and elasticity of the blood vessels is improved. This is attributed to the antioxidants which stimulate production of nitric oxide which then keeps the blood vessels relaxed.
How to use
We suggest taking up to 12 grams a day mixed in smoothies, added to foods, hot chocolates or take as directed by your healthcare practitioner.