Cacao, the star ingredient in chocolate, has been a staple for centuries and has long been associated with pleasure and indulgence. But recent scientific studies have revealed that cacao also provides a range of health benefits that go beyond its delectable taste. This article will delve into the scientific research and examine the health advantages of cacao.
Cacao contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that protect the body against inflammation and oxidative stress. Research has found that consuming cacao can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. For example, a study published in the journal Nutrients found that consuming dark chocolate, which contains high amounts of cacao, can enhance endothelial function, an essential component of cardiovascular health.
Cacao also has neuroprotective effects, meaning it can safeguard the brain from damage and decrease the risk of cognitive decline. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease showed that consuming cocoa flavanols, a type of flavonoid found in cacao, can improve cognitive performance in older adults.
Besides its cardiovascular and neurological benefits, cacao is also anti-inflammatory, which can help alleviate inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation has been associated with many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and autoimmune disorders. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consuming flavanol-rich cocoa powder can reduce markers of inflammation in overweight adults.
Cacao contains compounds that can elevate mood and reduce stress. For instance, cacao has phenylethylamine (PEA), a compound that promotes the release of endorphins and serotonin, two chemicals that contribute to feelings of happiness and well-being. Cacao also has theobromine, a compound that can alleviate anxiety and improve mood.
It's worth noting that not all chocolate products offer the same benefits as cacao. Many commercial chocolate products contain high amounts of sugar and dairy, which can negate any potential health advantages. To reap the benefits of cacao, it's best to choose chocolate or cacao drinks with a high percentage of cacao and minimal added sugar.
This is the reason why we blend our Sacred wild-crafted cacao with 100% plant-based wholefood ingredients, and use superfoods such as Carob and Lucuma plus a little bit of coconut nectar to produce the most delicious, nutrient dense superfood for you to enjoy - minus the sugar!
Cacao can be a beautiful way to increase your mineral intake, uplift your mood, enhance your cognitive function and improve your overall mode. If you haven't tried it yet we highly recommend incorporating it into your diet... it's the perfect morning ritual.
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