The benefits of raw organic cacao
It has long been understood that raw organic cacao contains many properties beneficial to the body. Tribes in Africa, India, China, and other eastern countries have used cacao for centuries for both enjoyment as well as for medicinal purposes. The sweet flavor as well as the benefits that the raw organic coca has to offer has made it an ideal ingredient for health bars and ultra-shakes. One of the most publicized benefits of cacao is that it is an aphrodisiac. Apart from the sexual stimulus on the body, the raw organic cacao releases endorphins within the body to make you feel good. Whether this is due to the flavor of the ingredient or from the content of cacao has been debated. However, the results do say that the ingredient is successful in making a person more energized, more aware, more optimistic, and less stressed.
Some professionals have stated that cacao contains the appropriate amount of polyphenolic flavonoids found within raw organic cacao help prevent vascular problems, maintain circulation, and lower blood pressure. Furthermore, in a recent medical study is was shown that the non-sugar format of the cacao has been shown to help in maintaining cholesterol levels.
What are the health benefits of raw cacao?
- Lowers insulin resistance.
Protects your nervous system: Cacao is high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant also found in red wine, known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system.
- Shields nerve cells from damage.
- Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Reduces your risk of stroke.
- Reduces blood pressure.
Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease: The antioxidants found in cacao help to maintain healthy levels of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the body. Although NO has heart benefiting qualities, such as relaxing blood vessels and reducing blood pressure, it also produces toxins. The antioxidants in cacao neutralises these toxins, protecting your heart and preventing against disease.
Guards against toxins: As a potent antioxidant, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. In fact cacao contains far more antioxidants per 100g than acai, goji berries and blueberries. Antioxidants are responsible for 10% of the weight of raw cacao.
Boosts your mood: Cacao can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being. And the same brain chemical that is released when we experience deep feelings of love – phenylethylamine – is found in chocolate.
It is rich in minerals: Magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.