A Quick Look at Cacao
Cacao comes from the cacao tree, which is the same tree where cocoa
and chocolate are derived from. However, cacao is different than cocoa or chocolate
because it is raw and unprocessed which gives it all its health
benefits, antioxidant levels, and keeps its nutritional value.
What is Cacao?
Cacao has been around for centuries, dating back to the Mayan times when it was traded for currency and valued for its medicinal benefits. It is considered a functional food for its various health benefits and contains more antioxidants than other superfoods like blueberries or açaí. Cacao is good for you because it contains nutrients like magnesium and iron, in addition to an abundance of antioxidants called polyphenols and flavonoids.
How It Works
and Your Skin
Cacao is a powerhouse of anti-aging and antioxidant properties.* It contains flavonoids, which are nutrients that contain abundant antioxidant benefits known to protect the skin from free radicals, restore damaged skin cells, reduce wrinkles, and improve skin elasticity.*
in Your Body
Not only does cacao reduce everyday stress and promote self calmness, but it also boosts your mood and combats fatigue.* It contains various nutrients including iron, zinc, and magnesium - a nutrient known to relax muscles to promote better sleep quality and boost sexual drive.* Additionally, studies show that cacao can increase cognitive performance and aid with weight loss because cacao has the ability to increase energy expenditure (total number of calories burned each day).*
What Cacao Does, the Benefits
- Sleep Quality
- Rich in antioxidants
- Reduces wrinkles
- Improves skin elasticity and skin texture
- Restores damages skin cells
- Protects against UV damage
Studies show that cacao contains flavonoids which help repair skin cell damage. This is shown to help improve skin elasticity and texture, reduce wrinkles, and protect against skin UV damage.
- Boosts mood
- Reduces stress
- Promotes self-calmness
Consuming cacao is a natural way to boost your mood. Cacao contains flavonoids - antioxidative agents that have been found to help improve mood. Research indicates that cacao is effective in increasing contentedness, has positive benefits on mood, and can help reduce stress.
- Improves cognitive ability
- Increases blood flow to the brain
- Improves mental clarity
- Boosts brain functioning
- Aids in memory
According to science, antioxidants can help improve cognitive ability and play an important role in therapeutic strategies to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Cacao is a powerhouse of antioxidants (particularly flavonoids) and can help improve cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain. Moreover, studies have found that consuming cacao can improve mental clarity, brain function, and restore working memory.
- Includes weight-loss inhibiting antioxidants
- Promotes healthy diet and curbs appetite
- Increases digestive functioning
- Boosts metabolism
The antioxidants found in cacao (polyphenols) have been effective in helping to lose weight, especially when paired with exercise and a healthy diet. Moreover, cacao has the ability to increase energy expenditure (total number of calories burned each day), improve normal bowel movement, and have beneficial effects on satiety - the body’s ability to manage hunger and curb cravings.
- Increases cholesterol lowering antioxidants in the body
- Boosts positive cholesterol levels in the body
- Naturally lowers blood pressure
- Decreases the risk of heart disease
Studies indicate that cacao can significantly lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol). This is due to theobromine, a naturally occurring compound found in cacao. Research shows that theobromine has the ability to naturally lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Aids in the act of falling asleep
- Increases and improves overall sleep quality
- Promotes relaxation
Research shows that theobromine, a compound that is naturally found in cacao, can help you fall asleep and stay in deeper sleep for longer periods. Moreover, cacao is rich in magnesium, a nutrient known to promote relaxation and improve overall sleep quality.
- Boosts sexual drive
- Increases libido inhibiting chemicals in the brain
- Increases overall mood and excitement
Cacao can boost sexual drive by producing “feel good” chemicals in the brain, particularly, dopamine and serotonin. According to science, another compound found in cacao called phenylethylamine (similarly to serotonin) can arouse feelings of excitement and in turn, boost libido.