Health Benefits of Organic Cacao Powder
Those who have a sweet tooth would know how much of a godsend chocolates are. Whether you have them for dessert, a meal appetizer (yes, some people do this), or simply to snack on, it’s always a delicious experience.
Chocolate, of course, is not exactly health food when it’s full of lots of dairy and sugar, but that doesn’t mean that us chocolate lovers can’t have their fun!
The best alternative would be to turn to cacao powder. Cacao is the unprocessed component of chocolate that has a number of nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and iron, to name a few. It is considered a “super food” that is usually added to smoothies or baking.
I’ve teamed up with Pure Natural Miracles and We’ve taken it upon ourselves to list down some of the health benefits that cacao powder brings. After reading this you’ll want to add it to your daily diet as well.
Blood pressure regulation
We live in a world where practicing a healthy lifestyle through diet is quite a challenge, given the abundance of the “unhealthier” choices. You will likely come across at least one fast-food chain in your neighborhood, and when the need arises, this would be the more convenient option to take. And of course, we all know how such a diet could lead to ailments like high blood pressure.
Whether you are already dealing with this condition or not, cacao powder is helpful in curbing blood pressure levels by regulating the nitric oxide in the blood through its main chemical component flavanol, which improves blood vessel function.
This medical breakthrough was found true among island folks in Central America, who saw a consistent drop in blood pressure by drinking cocoa regularly.
Blood flow improvement
Cacao powder, or any variant of it, really does wonders to the human circulatory system. Apart from the aforementioned benefits in regulating blood pressure levels, the polyphenol in cacao is also helpful in enhancing blood flow to the brain.
Of course, improved blood flow to the brain subsequently leads to improved brain functions, as well. It can also lessen the chances of contracting degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
A remedy for depressive episodes
We’ve already mentioned how cacao can be beneficial to the brain, but that entails much more. This time, the tryptophan component does most of the work when it is converted to serotonin, the chemical in the brain responsible for mood stabilization.
More studies have shown that consuming cacao in drink form also helped people achieve calmness and a feeling of satisfaction. It’s pretty much like doing a full yoga session, with your taste buds thanking you for it.
Overall, these certain components in cacao have helped in the psychological well-being of those who consume it regularly.
A good source of calcium
We all know the great benefits that calcium gives to our bodies, particularly our entire skeletal system. But apart from bone health, this nutrient also helps regulate and stabilize nerve, heart, and muscle functions.
Cacao powder is a very reliable source of calcium. In fact, it contains 160 mg of this nutrient per 100 grams of cacao. Milk even pales in comparison, with just 125 mg of calcium per 100 ml.
Greatly improves skin and teeth condition
Here’s a bonus item on this list. When you think of cacao powder, the last thing that would probably come to mind would be its benefits for the skin and teeth. Well, this wonder can actually be of great help in that aspect, as well.
How so? While there have no studies done on humans just yet, research done on rats with oral bacteria showed how cocoa extract was helpful in minimizing dental cavities. But as for its benefits on humans, other findings showed how favorable cacao’s polyphemus are to skin health and acne prevention.
While more research is required to render foolproof results about the health benefits of cacao powder, some proof is already in the pudding. One way or another, adding cacao to your diet can only be beneficial for you, both for your short-term and long-term health.
In any case, it wouldn’t hurt to have a healthy serving of cacao every now and then. Not only does it come with tremendous health benefits, but it also tastes good. If you ask me, that is a win-win situation I’d have any day.