Organic Raw Cacao Powder
High in antioxidants
All chocolate is made from the cacao (or cocoa) bean, and cacao beans in their natural, unprocessed, unadulterated state are rich in nutrients and very beneficial to health. Recent published research confirms the substantial nutritional value of dark and raw chocolate. The cacao bean has antioxidants, minerals and healthy oils.
Cacao has more antioxidant flavanoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea. The essential minerals the beans are rich in include magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. The healthy oils include oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil.
The antioxidants promote cardiovascular health by helping dilate bloods vessels, reducing blood clotting, improving circulation, helping regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing the risk of stroke and heart attacks. Also, being antioxidants they help repair and resist damage caused by free radicals.
There is some indication that Cacao beans increase the levels of specific neurotransmitters in our brains. These include Serotonin - which acts as an anti-depressant, helps reduce PMS systems, and promotes a sense of well-being; Endorphins - the secretion of which produces a pleasurable sensation similar to the high a jogger feels after running; Phenylethylamine – which acts as mild mood elevator and anti-depressant, and helps increase focus and alertness.; and Anandamide - known as the “bliss chemical” because it is released by the brain when we are feeling great. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines, believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain, and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. Promotes relaxation, and helps us feel good longer.
Cacao is a primary (if not the #1) source of magnesium from natural foods and is also high in mineral sulfur. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure. Magnesium deficiency, present in 80% of American diets, is linked to hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and joint problems. Mineral sullfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreatic functioning.
How to use the Cacao Powder
Use 2-3 teaspoons per day. Use more if you love chocolate flavors in your food. Enjoy this nutrient-rich superfood per the following suggestions and use your own "taste buds" to tell you what is enjoyable.
*Mix with a glass of plain, unflavored milk or soy milk.
*Sprinkle on cereals, pies, smoothies or ice creams.
*Mix with yogurt, granola or desserts.
*Make delicious chocolate shakes and smoothies.
*Add to tea, coffee and other drinks.
*Mix with our Organic Coconut Butter or our Virgin Coconut Oil de Coco Crème to create a really nutritious superfood mix.
*Mix with either our Premium Blue Agave Nectar or our Healing Honey to create a delicious, nutritious superfood that you can add to milk, cereals, yogurt, smoothies, desserts, etc.
Cacao powder keeps well in cool, dry conditions. Refrigeration of the cacao powder is not required but is recommended.