What are the benefits of Raw Cacao Powder?
Magnesium is the primarily mineral missing when heart problems occur. Magnesium increases the overall vigor of the heart muscle. This mineral also decreases blood coagulation thus lowering blood pressure and helping the heart pump more effectively. Cacao, of course, is a fantastic food source of heart-supporting magnesium.
According to research, fresh cacao beans are super-rich in antioxidant flavonols. Cacao beans contain 10 grams per 100 grams of flavonol antioxidants - a whopping 10% antioxidant concentration level! This makes cacao one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food.
Cacao is a great source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine, three well-studied neurotransmitters, which help alleviate depression and are associated with feelings of well being.
Cacao contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) that improve our mood because they allow serotonin and dopamine to remain in the bloodstream longer without being broken down.
Cacao contains anandamide which delivers blissful feelings.
Cacao also contains B vitamins, which are associated with brain health.
Cacao contains significant quantities of the amino acid tryptophan which is yet another powerful mood-enhancing nutrient.
Add all the above together and this makes cacao a natural anti-depressant.
How to use Raw Organic Cacao Nibs:
- Cacao Nibs have a strong dark bitter chocolate flavour.
- Sprinkle them over your morning breakfast for a taste and health boost.
- They can be ground into a rich dark powder using a coffee grinder to make raw desserts of all kinds.
- Blend them into your favourite smoothies or and them to a trail/snack mix with Goji berries and raisins.