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Cocoa is an incredible source of health benefits!
The Inca’s called it “the drink of the gods”. Etymologically this gave birth to the scientific name of the cocoa tree “Theobroma Cacao”: The conjunction between theo (god in Greek) and broma (drink).
One should never feel guilty about eating certain foods, especially when it comes to raw cacao and chocolate. Here are 14 scientifically proven arguments that will no longer make you doubt the impressive benefit of raw chocolate and cocoa. In fact, the more you add to your diet, the better you’ll feel!
1. Happy With Raw Cocoa
There are days when you have to make small pleasures: raw cocoa is one of the foods that do you the most good! Raw cacao contains an anadamide substance (also called the happiness molecule) that creates the feeling of euphoria.
2. Cocoa Stimulates Your Libido!
Another chemical compound of raw cocoa is PEA or phenethylamine, it is this substance that triggers endorphins in the brain. These are naturally released when falling in love and during sexual activity (the other food that contains PEA is the blue-green algae). In addition, these components improve libido, which is probably the reason why Valentine’s Day chocolates are offered.
3. Mesdames, Cocoa Prevents Mood Jump
Cocoa boosts brain levels of serotonin, the component of good mood in the brain. When women experience pre-menstrual tensions, serotonin levels drop significantly. Cocoa restores these levels of serotonin and restores the feeling of well-being.
4. Cocoa Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases
Flavanols are a group of anti-inflammatory and protective heart antioxidants found in cocoa. Scientific studies have shown that flavanols protect against cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of stroke and improve blood circulation. Cocoa contains more than 700 chemical compounds and the complex antioxidants found in it reduce bad cholesterol and slow the hardening of the arteries.
5. Cocoa Prevents The Signs Of Aging
Polyphenols, powerful antioxidants found in cocoa, belong to the same group of antioxidants as green tea and red wine. Anthocyanins (found in red berries) and catechins (which are present in green tea) protect our cells from premature oxidation. That’s why we keep a sublime mine thanks to cocoa.
6. Cocous Boosts Your Energy (Naturally)
Cocoa is naturally rich in minerals, it energizes the body without over-stimulating the nervous system, which is why you have energy overflowing. You can combat the feeling of fatigue thanks to the high dose of Magnesium in cocoa. Magnesium also helps fight osteoporosis, reduces the risk of diabetes and reduces blood pressure.
2 tablespoons Raw Cacao contains 52mg of magnesium or 14% of your daily intake!
7. The Beauty Food
To have shiny hair, strong nails and to take care of your liver and pancreas, cocoa contains sulfur. Sugar has a significant impact on our skin, our hair and the way our skin shines. Sugar is able to rebuild collagen and keratin which is essential for the health of our hair, nails and skin. Sulfur transports nutrients from one cell to another, helps regulate blood sugar, repairs tissues and strengthens our immune system.
8. Cocoa Accelerates Metabolism
If you do not have enough antioxidants in your diet you can have long-term sequel. A Swiss study found that in just two weeks, cocoa reduced the stress-related hormone cortisol, improved metabolism, and even improved bacterial activity in the intestines.
9. Cocoa Prevents Sunburns
A recent study by London scientists found that participants who consumed 20g of cocoa for 12 weeks are able to stay 2 times longer in the sun than others, without getting sunburn.
10. Radiant Skin
In 2006, the Journal of Nutrition found that women who consumed at least 326mg of flavonols a day had better skin texture, better microcirculation, more skin hydration than others.
Mix some raw cocoa powder in your coffee or make a smoothie.
11. Cocoa Could Protect Skin Cancer
German scientists have discovered that cocoa could protect us from the UV rays that cause skin cancer. The flavanols of cocoa help to protect from the sun, improves the blood circulation of the skin.
12. Prevents Dental Cavities
A recent study by Tulane University found that cocoa powder extract is even more effective than fluoride against cavities.This crystalline extract, similar to caffeine, hardens dental enamel.
Fascinating! Even if we do advise you yet to brush your teeth with chocolate ..
13. Improves Brain Operation
Cocoa is apparently a cure for boosting cognitive functions and would prevent Alzheimer’s disease! A study of Harvard University by Dr. Gary Small, showed that quadras and quincas who consumed 2 cups of cocoa a day had better memory and increased blood flow to the brain.
14. It’s A Natural Aspirine!
The Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis discovered that cocoa fluidifies the blood and prevents the formation of blood clots. This discovery has shown that eating raw cacao is just as beneficial as taking an aspirin.