Latin Name : Theobroma Cacao
Origin Country: Poland
The use of cocoa for its health benefits dates back at least 3,000 years. Its beneficial action comes from its high content of flavonoids, mainly epicatechin and polyphenols. Cocoa bean powder also has high content of minerals such as magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It is an excellent source of potassium, selenium and zinc.
The following are some of the beneficial properties of cocoa:
– Cocoa is loaded with antioxidants such as flavonoids and procyanidins that help to provide anti-aging properties.
– It has also high concentration of epicatechin that is helpful for cardiovascular health.
– Reduces insulin resistance, protecting against type II diabetes.
– Cocoa provides relief from constipation, cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure and neurodegenerative disease.
– It helps to heal the wound fast and provides skin and brain health.
– It helps to enhance mood and has positive effects on neurotoxicity.It also helps to chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Blend into a smoothie. Add 1-2 tbsp of raw cacao powder or cacao nibs to your regular smoothie.
- Whip Up Some Hot (or Cold) Chocolate “Mylk” Just blend 1 tbsp of raw cacao powder to one cup warmed nut milk or coconut milk.
- Sprinkle it on fresh fruit for a fresh, chocolatey treat.
Decoction: In a pot, bring 1 cup of cold water, 1 teaspoon of cacao powder to a simmer.
We can replace the water with milk, light or whole. Stir to dissolve the cocoa.
Let the drink boil slightly, for about 1 min from the boiling point.
Remove from the heat and serve in a cup.
Using cocoa is likely safe for most people. Cocoa contains caffeine and related chemicals. Eating large amounts might cause caffeine-related side effects such as nervousness, increased urination, sleeplessness, and a fast heartbeat.
Cocoa can cause allergic skin reactions, constipation, and might trigger migraine headaches. It can also cause digestive complaints including nausea, intestinal discomfort, stomach rumbling, and gas.
In any case you should consult with your healthcare doctor before using cocoa especially if you’re taking other medications or having health problems.