In South & Central America, Criollo Cacao was served as medicine, traded as money, and consumed as a powerful ceremonial elixir. Cacao has been revered through the ages as a plant ally, and remains a superfood for keeping us healthy, joyful, and wise in today's world.
Why 'Raw' Chocolate is Good for You
Antioxidants: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. Health benefits of these
Promote cardiovascular health - Help dilate bloods vessels,
reduce blood clotting, improve circulation, help regulate heartbeat and
blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol, and reduce the risk of stroke and
Protect from environmental and
- Help repair and resist damage caused by free radicals, and may reduce
risk of certain cancers.
Neurotransmitters:By increasing the levels of specific neurotransmitters in our brains, cacao
promotes positive outlook, facilitates rejuvenation and simply helps us feel
Serotonin - Cacao raises the level of
serotonin in the brain; thus acts as an anti-depressant, helps reduce PMS
systems, and promotes a sense of well-being.
Endorphins - Cacao stimulates the secretion
of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the “runner’s
high” a jogger feels after running several miles.
Phenylethylamine - Found in chocolate,
phenylethylamine is also created within the brain and released when we are
in love. Acts as mild mood elevator and anti-depressant, and helps
increase focus and alertness.
Anandamide - Anandamide is 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.
Essential Minerals:Cacao beans are rich in a number of essential minerals, including magnesium,
sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.
Magnesium - Cacao seems to be the #1 source
of magnesium of any food. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds
strong bones, and helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure. Magnesium
deficiency, present in 80% of Americans, is linked with PMT, hypertension,
heart disease, diabetes and joint problems.
Sulfur - Cacao is high in the beauty
mineral sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful
skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas functioning.
Essential fats:There is a misperception that chocolate is fattening. In truth, the fats in
cocoa butter are healthy fats. Cacao contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy
monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil, that may raise good cholesterol.
Also, substances found in cacao are known to help curb appetite.
ChoCoaque Cacao is a ceremonial quality nutritional food product.