10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cacao
Theobroma Cacao literally translates to ‘Food of the Gods.’ Here are 10 reasons why this sacred plant has long been revered as a gateway between the earth and heavenly realms.
Cacao was considered a teacher plant among Aztec priests to access higher states of consciousness. Traditionally used in ceremony as a spirit bridge to other realms, today we use Cacao in daily practice to improve health, elevate mood, enhance cognitive function and deepen our connection to the earth.
We source Sacred Cacao from the Amazon Rainforest, where it grows under the shade and protection of older trees and canopy. Nearly all Cacao trees in the world grow within 20 degrees of the equator and the Cacao tree blooms and bears fruit all year round!
Cacao is the richest source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc and also contains theobromine, making it one of the most nutrient dense superfoods on the planet.
Though theobromine and caffeine differ by just one molecule, they have a very contrasting effect on the body. Whilst caffeine stimulates our central nervous system, the energy from theobromine provides a more holistic high, reducing blood pressure, protecting the brain and making us feel focused and content.
According to legend, the Aztec 'Feathered Serpent' god, Quetzalkoatl, gave Cacao to the Maya after human beings were created from corn.
Cacao is a vasodilator, meaning it helps open blood vessels, transporting nutrients more efficiently to the cells. This makes it an excellent precursor for medicinal mushrooms, supporting deeper digestion and allowing the body to really feel the upgrade!
Magnesium is an important mineral for sleep quality, as well as a relaxant that deactivates adrenaline, reducing our levels of stress and anxiety. The list goes on! Magnesium fights acid build up, neutralises toxins, calms nerves and reduces pain and guess what? Cacao is one of the highest magnesium containing foods on the planet!
Cacao also has the highest plant based source of iron, helping fight fatigue by improving circulation and increasing oxygen levels.
Cacao provides the daily D.O.S.E of feel-good chemicals:
Lillie explains: “Dopamine affects the pleasure centre of your brain, oxytocin is the love hormone, serotonin is a feel-good chemical and endorphins allow for feelings of euphoria. A reason I love Sacred is that we have a delicious ceremonial blend, but we also have the flavours which I can drink everyday to get my daily dose.”
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Sacred’s philosophy is built on the foundation of this ancient Mayan Legend:
“Whenever there is an imbalance between humans and nature, cacao makes its way out of the jungle to open our hearts and return the planet to a state of harmony.”
We believe Cacao can change the world, by reminding us what is sacred. The Spirit of Cacao activates a deeper, more authentic and powerful connection to self, spirit and Mother Nature.
Now you know the amazing benefits of Cacao! Her medicine works on a physical, mental and spiritual level, creating harmony within ourselves and the planet. We have four delicious flavours for the daily dose and Ceremonial Grade Cacao for sacred ceremony.
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