Why Is Organic Cacao Protective?

Cacao is Neuroprotective:

  • The neurotrophic effect of cacao flavonoids increases cerebral blood flow in healthy subjects three hours after cacao consumption
  • Increased blood flow to gray matter in the brain has been shown to account for healthy angiogenesis as well as the growth of new hippocampal neurons involved in memory processing
  • Increased blood flow in the middle cerebral artery may account for protective effects against dementia and stroke


Cacao is Cardio-protective:

  • Increases Nitric Oxide production
  • Cacao has platelet inhibitory effects reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and reducing risk of thromboses
  • Blood clot symptoms can include headaches, the sensation of burning throbbing muscular pain, itching, or fatigue
  • Knowing these symptoms may assist you in a time of need

Cacao Reduces Appetite:

  • The smell of chocolate leads to a satiation response which is inversely correlated with ghrelin level
  • Ghrelin is a hormone produced to signal hunger, and chocolate smelling and eating can reduce appetite and improve food satisfaction

Cacao and The Intestinal Microbiota:

  • Finally, the effects of cacao polyphenols on the composition of intestinal microbiota must be noted
  • In a human trial conducted on healthy volunteers, consumption of a high-cacao flavanol beverage for 4 weeks, containing 494 mg flavanols, significantly increased the growth of Lactobacillus spp. and Bifidobacterium spp. in comparison to a low cacao flavanol drink (182)
  • These bacteria maintain an anti-inflammatory status in the bowel

Protective Organic Cacao Nibs:

  • Unsweetened cacao nibs are unprocessed chips of the raw cacao bean
  • We add them to baked or steamed recipes for a nut-like texture and protective quercetin and theobromine
  • Quercetin neutralizes free radicals that cause cellular damage, aging, and a variety of diseases including heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s
  • Theobromine functions as a vasodilator to help lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance

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