05 Sep The Awesome Benefits of Cacao
Cacao also referred to as the magic bean, is the purest form of chocolate. It’s unprocessed and comes with plenty of benefits. Unlike money, it does grow on trees! The tree is known as Theobroma Cacao which produce pods that contain the cacao beans. It grows in tropical climates worldwide.
Benefits of Cacao
Cacao is loaded with antioxidants. 40 times more than blueberries to be exact. It’s ORAC score (which measures the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals) is 98,000 per 100g. Blueberries come in at 2,400. The flavonoids in cacao create an anti-inflammatory and support the a healthy immune system. They can also neutralize free radicals in the human body which typically could damage cells. Flavonoids also lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Cacao has more flavonoids than any other food.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
It’s hard to be happy every day. Try eating chocolate made with cacao. Chocolate in general can make anyone happy but cacao specifically contains a mood improver known as anandamide. It also loaded with theobromine which works as a cough suppressant. So ditch the cough syrup and eat some chocolate. It has also been known to boost levels of serotonin in the brain. It has been proven to restore feelings of well being in the brain as well.
The magic bean can give you energy without over stimulating your nervous system like caffeine might do. It does this by giving your body a boost of highly concentrated magnesium. It can create plenty of energy while also combating fatigue. Magnesium also help protect against osteoporosis and reduce type II diabetes. Raw powder contains 52mg or 14% of daily value.
Boost Your Metabolism And Protect Yourself
A Swiss study found that in just under two weeks, it reduced the stress hormone cortisol, improved metabolism, and even improved gut microbial activity. Another study found that participants who ate 20 grams for 12 weeks were able to stay in the sun for twice as long without getting sunburnt as those who didn’t.
The magic bean contains sulfur which is awesome for our hair, nails, liver and pancreas. It can improve complexion and help our hair and skin glow. It can build and rebuild collagen and keratin which our hair and nails need to shine. The magic bean also can play an important role in driving nutrients in and out of our cells and repair tissue.
Fight Tooth Decay
Time to ditch fluoride and start brushing your teeth with chocolate. Only kidding, please don’t do that…A recent study did discover that the powder was more effective in preventing cavities. The crystalline extract is similar to caffeine in that it helps harden tooth enamel.
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