What is raw Cacao powder?
Cacao is derived from the Theobroma Cacao tree which are found in the tropical regions all over the world.
Raw Cacao, not to be confused for Cocoa, is made by cold-pressing raw Cacao beans ensuring that no nutrients are lost by heat treating. Unlike Cocoa which has been roasted and heavily processed, raw Cacao maintains its high nutritional profile making it a superfood loaded with flavonoids and magnesium.
Raw Cacao offers amazing health benefits for your entire body.
And is the perfect way to satisfy your cravings for chocolate without overloading your system with processed sugar.
So here are the 6 little known benefits of this Superfood.
- It combats fatigue & makes you happy!
If you are feeling especially exhausted after getting an in-adequate night’s rest, there is a chance that your magnesium levels are low. Thankfully, raw Cacao is an incredibly delicious source of magnesium which will significantly boost your energy levels.
Some days you just need to find your bliss – Cacao is one of the healthiest foods you can consume. Cacao contains the mood improver, anandamide – known as the bliss molecule, which creates a feeling of euphoria.
- Helps to keep mood swings at bay.
Cacao boosts brain levels of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical. When women are experiencing PMS serotonin levels drop dramatically. The benefits of Cacao are proven to boost the brain levels of calming hormones and restore feelings of well-being.
- Makes your skin glow!
Cacao is incredible for vibrant, healthy skin because it contains flavonoids that work to increase blood flow to the skin’s surface. This increased blood flow will promote cell regeneration which is necessary for glowing skin.
In 2006 the Journal of Nutrition found that women who drank Cacao with at least 326 mg of flavanols a day had better skin texture, improved microcirculation, increased oxygen saturation, and improved skin hydration than those didn’t.
So, stir some Cacao powder in your cup of coffee or add to a smoothie every day to see the difference.
- Helps in preventing signs of premature aging!
Not only does the consumption of raw Cacao improve the quality of your skin, but it can also prevent premature aging. This is due to antioxidants in Cacao which protect this cells from advanced destruction and help this skin feel healthy and youthful for longer!
Polyphenol antioxidants found in Cacao belong to the same group of antioxidants as green tea and red wine. These anthocyanins (found in dark colored fruits) and catechins (found in green tea) protect our cells from premature oxidation or destruction and can keep us looking and feeling younger longer.
- Reduces risk of Heart Disease.
Flavanols are an anti-inflammatory and heart-protective antioxidant group found in Cacao. Studies show they can protect against cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of stroke, and help improve blood circulation! Cacao contains over 700 compounds and the complex antioxidants found in it known as polyphenols help reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ and prevent hardening of the arteries.
- Improves Digestion & Metabolism
Rich in dietary fiber and magnesium, eating raw Cacao on a regular basis will prevent constipation, and overall enhance your digestive health.
A Swiss study found that in just under two weeks Cacao reduced the stress hormone cortisol, improved metabolism, and even improved gut microbial activity.
So, after knowing all these benefits, we are surely going to love our raw chocolate even more now!
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- Written by Sonam Kocher