Cacao (Theobroma cacao) ~ food of the Gods
Originally used by the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans, this powerful bean dominated as an aphrodisiac symbolizing wealth and power. Cacao has kept its reputation over the centuries due to its numerous beneficial actions and pleasing flavour to almost everyone’s palate.
- With four times the amount of catechins (antioxidant) than green tea (1), cacao boosts extensive antioxidant potential to warn off any oxidizing conditions that occur naturally due to metabolism or from our surrounding environments
- Cacao is a rich source of magnesium containing an impressive 500-600mg per 100g serve(2)
- Also containing abundant amounts of phosphorus, calcium, selenium, zinc and potassium, these minerals make cacao one of the most beneficial foods for the cardiovascular system by reducing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, hyperlipidemia; and improving vascular function (1)
(1) Braun, L. & Cohen, M. (2010) Herbs & Natural Supplements – An evidence-based guide (3rd ed.) Elsevier: Australia
(2) Rucker, R. (2009). Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage. John Wiley & Sons, Inc: USA
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