Cacoa – is rich in minerals including iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese and is a good source of selenium, potassium, and zinc. Cocoa has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic, and antioxidant qualities and has many health benefits.
The antioxidants and flavonoids in cocoa help reduce blood pressure and increase the elasticity of blood vessels by stimulating the blood vessel relaxing nitric oxide.
High antioxidant levels help to neutralise free radicals.
The flavonoids help to maintain a healthy brain and promote positive learning and memory. This may be due to the enhanced blood flow to the brain.
Cacoa has been shown to reduce blood glucose and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels as well as triglycerides and an increase in good HDL cholesterol.
Cacoa improves insulin resistance and glucose metabolism which helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
Cacoa is an excellent anti-bacterial fighting infection in the body.
Cacoa has been shown to help moderate lipid metabolism and reduce the synthesis and transport of fatty acids. It has also been shown to increase thermogenesis and therefore can help weight loss.
Cardiovascular benefits from the flavonoids, procyanidin, catechin, and epicatechin, which have antioxidant properties help protect cells from damage and strengthen the heart.
Flavonoids help prevent the formation of blood clots, which can lead to stroke or cardiac failure.
Flavonols help enhance mood, reduce depression, and improve cognitive function during periods of mental exertion.
Cacoa is excellent for skin health. The flavonols can help to decrease the effects of UV and improve skin smoothness, hydration and elasticity.
Epicatechin present in cacao can elevate oxygen saturation and stimulate enhanced blood flow to the dermal tissues.
An excellent source of copper and magnesium.