It only takes a quick google search to find out how ancient cacao use is. While highly interesting, we spare those details for now and jump right into the exciting modern science.
What makes cacao great for you? It's a combination of many things, which, in our opinion, have a synergistic effect on the mind, body, and soul.
1. Theobromine (3, 7-Dimethylxanthine): Is a mild stimulate, chemically similar to caffeine, both belonging to the xanthine class of alkaloids. While caffeine offers a quick sharp boost in energy, theobromine, is milder and last longer so you don't have the crash you feel from caffeine. This helps slowly raise the heart rate and improve concentration and for some help calm the mind.
2. Flavonoids: a class polyphenolic molecules known to have an antioxidative effect on the body. Cacao has high concentrations of Flavinoids which are created through the fermentation process.
How would you like to feel your heart open? Well, that's exactly what cacao flavonoids help the body do; It stimulates nitric oxide production in the body which is known to dilate capillaries in the body and heart - a true heart opener that works to support great cardiovascular health.
3. Tryptophan, Phenylethylamine (PEA) and Anandamide: PEA is natural monoamine alkaloid, and anandamide is a brain lipid neurotransmitter. While PEA is linked to mind concentration and feelings of love, tryptophan is an amino acid that helps the body produce serotonin and together with anandamide is known to make us feel great, relaxed and happy.
But this is where things get really interesting: research has shown Anandamide is linked to a cannabinoid effect on the body and bonds to the cannabinoid receptors in the body.
With all these powerful agents are packed into a single food, there’s no doubt that cacao is one of the most powerful foods on the planet, offering extreme healing, calming and blissful effects on the mind-body and soul.
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