The powerhouse Cacao is a bean where chocolate is processed from, in essence, it is RAW chocolate. The bean or seed contains 300 identifiable compounds. Many of them are beneficial to our health and our well being. A good example would be the very high magnesium content. Your body needs magnesium for good heart and bone health.
Cacao has a substance called anandamide. This is basically a mood enhancer, helping serotonin levels in the brain, which produces a natural feeling of elation. Chocolate has been well documented as a mild anti-depressant and chocolate in it’s raw form functions as a mood elevator at a much higher level than does processed chocolate. It also contains tryptophan which is a natural relaxer. Cacao can definitely beat those BLUES AWAY! WOW! Not only that but it has chromium, which in studies has been shown to boost metabolism processes. There have been several studies done that suggests that cacao and the benefits of cacao are good for your circulation, can help strengthen your immune system and may even play a role in how long you live. Surprisingly, these studies while documenting several benefits of cacao found no adverse affect from consuming chocolate in its raw form. What this means is that if you don’t add all the sweeteners and dairy to cacao it may well be one of the best foods ever found for keeping people healthy without showing any negative side effects.
Cacao can be purchased in bean pods, powder, superfood cacao blends, or nib form. If you purchase Cacao powder you can easily add it to your shakes, smoothies, favorite coffee mixes, fresh fruit, ice cream or throw a couple of teaspoons in soups or roasts! The bean when eaten alone(which is quite bitter in taste, be warned!) can be taken as an immune booster supplement.