We believe that the timing of cacao consumption can depend on individual preferences and lifestyle factors. There are benefits and effects of drinking cacao in the morning or at night depending on what your desires and intentions are.
Morning Consumption: Consuming cacao in the morning may help improve mood, energy levels, and cognitive function. A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that consuming a high-flavanol cacao drink improved mood and cognitive performance in healthy young adults (1). Another study published in the journal Nutrients found that consuming a cacao drink improved cognitive function and increased blood flow to the brain in elderly people with mild cognitive impairment (2). Additionally, cacao contains compounds such as theobromine and caffeine, which can provide a natural energy boost making our Sacred cacao drinks the perfect healthy morning beverage.
Night Consumption: Consuming cacao at night may help improve sleep quality and relaxation. A study published in the Journal of Sleep Research found that consuming a cacao drink before bedtime improved sleep quality and reduced symptoms of insomnia in older adults (3). Cacao also contains magnesium, which is a mineral that can help promote relaxation and improve sleep quality, at Sacred we recommend drinking our Love blend before bed, this is the ultimate cacao blend packed full of superfoods to nourish your nervous system to ensure a restful sleep.
At Sacred we always suggest listening to your body and enjoying your cacao intuitively. If you are looking for a natural energy boost and improved cognitive function, consuming cacao in the morning may be beneficial. We recommend the Fire blend in the morning to kick start your digestive system and fire up your metabolism or Vitality when you need to focus.
On the other hand, if you are looking to promote relaxation and improve sleep quality, consuming cacao at night may be more appropriate. We recommend our Love blend for the evening as it will help you relax and unwind, or Earth to ground down and be more present. Unlike other brands we recommend saving Ceremony for special occasions as it’s much more potent, 100% pure and used for Ceremonial purposes as a Sacred Cacao Drink.
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Francis ST, Head K, Morris PG, Macdonald IA. The effect of flavanol-rich cocoa on the fMRI response to a cognitive task in healthy young people. J Psychopharmacol. 2006 Nov;20(5):583-92.
Sorond FA, Lipsitz LA, Hollenberg NK, Fisher ND. Cerebral blood flow response to flavanol-rich cocoa in healthy elderly humans. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2008 Oct;4(5):433-40.
Penetar DM, Toto LH, Farmer SL, Lee DY, Ma Z, Liu Y, Lukas SE. Theobromine in chocolate: interaction with theobromine and caffeine in humans. J Psychopharmacol. 2013 Nov;27(11):1112-20.