Cacao has captivated the world for its delicious flavour and its most popular form; chocolate. But did you know that Cacao has an extensive list of health benefits?
Cacao powder is extremely rich in flavanols — a plant-based antioxidant, similar to those found within green tea and red wine. Studies show that cacao supports a wide variety of health benefits, ranging from anti-inflammatory properties, improved cholesterol, increased blood flow, heart health, improved cognitive function, fatigue and rich in antioxidants and minerals. It comes from the seeds of Theobroma Cacao — Cacao beans, which goes through an extensive production process to remove the majority of fats.
Here are some of the wonderful health benefits cacao has to offer:
Rich in Polyphenols & Cognitive Function
Polyphenols are natural antioxidants and flavanols found within certain plant-based foods, that help to reduce inflammation, blood pressure, increase blood flow, improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels and aid in cognitive function. Many polyphenol benefits are frequently associated with their function as antioxidants. These are also known as the free radical scavengers that assist in neutralizing free radicals within our bodies to help promote overall health.
In addition, the flavonoids found within cacao have shown to help improve various cognitive functions by increasing blood flow to specific nerve tissues.
Studies show that cacao can help improve your mood, reduce stress, anxiety and genuinely make you feel happier! Did you know cacao contains more calcium than cow’s milk and is rich in minerals like iron and magnesium? These are essential for regular nervous system functioning and psychological function. If that isn’t enough, raw cacao even contains serotonin which is known as a natural mood stabilizer and creates a sense of euphoria.
Cacao powder is one of the purest forms of dark chocolate which is made from non-alkalized cacao beans. In addition to this, serotonin, anandamide, phenylethylamine, tryptophan and endorphins found within cacao have shown to ease depression, reduce stress and improve mental well-being.
The heart is one of the most vital organs within our body and is often not always at the forefront of our mind when it comes to overall health and wellbeing. We think this can be a huge oversight as your circulatory system is responsible for the transportation of nutrients throughout your body, as healthy blood flow is significantly important for your body to function properly. The Dutch Zutphen Elderly Study showed that men who consumed higher levels of cacao over a 15-year study had significantly lower blood pressure compared to those who didn’t.
In addition, further studies have shown that cacao can help improve blood flow, reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure as a result of improving nitric oxide levels found within the body.
Here's a quick and easy way to get your daily cacao health benefits and a Beforeyouspeak HQ favourite:
- 1 Sachet of Beforeyouspeak Glow Mocha
- 250mL of Boiling Water
- Dash of Oat Milk